At closing, the buyer will be required to convey to the Conservancy a conservation easement as described below. In the alternative, the sale to the buyer will be subject to the Conservancy retaining an option to acquire the described conservation easement. The Conservancy will exercise its option if the buyer has not conveyed a conservation easement satisfactory to the Conservancy prior to the expiration of the option period or if actions are taken during the option period by the buyer with respect to the property that are inconsistent with the conservation of the property.
This rare property presents a unique opportunity to own a slice of natural beauty, minutes from the town of Tehachapi and the larger urban area of Bakersfield. The Tehachapi Mountains, situated at the convergence of the Sierra Nevada and Sierra Madre Mountains, contains blue and black oak woodlands, grasslands, chapparall and pine forests along with great ranching opportunities. Caliente Ranch is a rare combination of stunning natural beauty and ranching opportunity. TNC does not currently own the property; however, TNC currently holds an option to acquire the property. Consequently, the opportunity represented by this listing is contingent on TNC's acquisition of the property. TNC would also consider the possibility of assigning its option to a conservation buyer.
TNC aims to create wildlife linkages from the Los Padres National Forest to the Sequoia National Forest, as an effort to facilitate regular wildlife movement and allow species dispersal in the face of climate change. In addition to creating linkages, TNC will place conservation restrictions on the property to satisfy the needs of threatened and endangered species, such as the Kern primrose sphinx moth.
The Caliente property contains the endangered Kern primrose sphinx moth as well as various raptors, golden eagles and the endangered California Condor deer and black bear. Anecdotal evidence also suggests the presense of bald eagles.
At closing, TNC will place a conservation easement on the property with requirements ensuring that grazing and other such activities do not affect wildlife movement and populations of endangered species.