Conservation plan for Highland Ranch on supervisors' agenda

The county Board of Supervisors is expected to decide today whether to support plans to conserve a 532-acre ranch halfway between San Luis Obispo and Los Osos.

The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County is working with the Warden family to conserve the Highland Ranch at 7515 Los Osos Valley Road by purchasing an agricultural conservation easement.

The ranch would be conserved in two parts. One easement would protect 240 acres of farmland on the valley floor, while a second easement would conserve the remaining 292 acres.

“The Highland Ranch has been a working cattle ranch and farm for 140 years,” planner Airlin Singewald said in a staff report. “It is one of the few continuous operating ranches that have remained in the same family for that long.”

The county agricultural commissioner and the city of San Luis Obispo support the conservation deal. The hearing is the last item on the supervisors’ morning agenda. The meeting begins at 9 a.m.