The Science of Sustainability

Land Preservation on the Chopping Block

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Oak-covered rolling hills, grassy meadows and roaming cows are still typical scenes in many parts of California. That's due in part to a state conservation program known as the Williamson Act. For more than four decades, much of California's ranchland has been protected by the program. But with the state's budget woes, its funding is threatened – and that has both ranchers and environmentalists concerned.

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