The conservation benefits of protecting the over 2,200 acre Bruin Ranch property are significant. The habitat communities found on the property include: blue oak woodland, blue oak woodland savannah, blue oak/foothill pine woodland and valley foothill riparian habitat. The Bear River and its tributaries transect the property. The site is presently grazed with dry pasture and irrigated pasture present on the property. One of the largest unframented tracts of oak woodland habitat left in Placer County. Several state and federal species special status species may use site for nesting, breeding, foraging, and migration.
Placer County has determined that the open space conservation acquisition of the Bruin Ranch property for anticipated by this project rquireds no discretionary approvals from Placer County and consequently Placer County is not a lead agency for purposes of an environmental clearance for the CEQA.