The project is the acquisition of approximately 15,000 acres in the Tehachapi Mountains. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is requesting $500,000 in funding from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy's Grant Program to apply to the purchase. Rudnick Ranch supports nearly 15,000 acres of intact chaparral, grasslands, oak woodlands, and riparian communities in the Middle Kern - Upper Tehachapi - Grapevine watershed. Land speculation, intensive agriculture, and mining to the east and west threaten the integrity of the Ranch and its watersheds. Protection of the Ranch eliminates the threat of subdivision, development, and associated water use, safeguarding local aquifers and allowing natural ground water recharge and runoff processes to continue.
Acquisition of lands for wildlife conservation purposes. The establishment of agricultural preserves, the making and renewing of open space contracts under the Williamson Act, or the acceptance of easements or fee interests in order to maintain the open space character of the area. The transfers of ownership of interests in land in order to preserve open space, habitat, or historical resources.