Today, California’s ranching families are as diverse as any in the world. Ranchers own and/or manage approximately 38 million acres of privately and publicly owned rangelands.
Most California ranches have been in the same family for four or more generations. The long-term success of ranching operations requires the careful stewardship of animals and the environment.
California rangelands provide habitat for hundreds of species, endangered and nonendangered, many of which depend on grazing for their habitat.