Since 1998, the County has owned approximately 800 acres at the base of Conway Summit that was acquired with grant funds from CalTrans, California State Parks and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The primary uses of the property are grazing, fish rearing, habitat preservation and open space preservation. Public access to Conway Ranch is permitted, but is restricted within the aquaculture area.
A Conservation Easement for the Conway Ranch has been in the development stages since 2013. Following a year of public outreach and meetings with stakeholders including the Mono Basin RPAC, a Draft Conservation Easement and Management Plan were released on April 30, 2014. Written comments from various agencies and the public were accepted and incorporated into the process. More public meetings ensued, including two Board of Supervisors Meetings where verbal comments were provided. Another round of drafts of the Conservation Easement and Management Plan were prepared and released for comment, and were eventually approved by the Board in October of 2014. The easement was recorded and made official on December 1, 2014.
Documents relevant to the conservation easement and Board approval are listed below.