Bitney ranch granted to county land trust |

Bitney ranch granted to county land trust

Tim Omarzu

Cattle ranching. Chicken farming.

Those sorts of goings-on can continue forever on 324 acres off Bitney Springs Road.

But nary a subdivision will ever be built there, because the couple who owns the land signed a conservation easement preserving it forever as a “working landscape.”

Bill Trabucco and Anna Reynolds signed the easement with Nevada County Land Trust, said Kathy McDaniel, office manager for the nonprofit group.

“There are cattle out there now,” McDaniel said. The land also has been used for chicken farming, she said.

The acreage is on Barr Ranch Road, which is roughly across Bitney Springs Road from the old Grass Valley Group campus.

To date, the Nevada County Land Trust has preserved more than 3,000 acres through 20 conservation easements, McDaniel said.

A conservation easement is a legal agreement between a landowner and the land trust that permanently limits a property’s uses in order to protect its conservation values.

If an easement meets federal tax code requirements, it can be treated as a charitable gift and deducted from the donor’s income tax. Because a conservation easement lowers the property’s fair market value, it can also result in lower property taxes.

Trabucco and Reynolds couldn’t be reached for comment.

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