Little Sur River

Conserving a Crucial Steelhead Stream and Old-Growth Redwoods on the Big Sur Coast

In the heart of California's Big Sur coast, Western Rivers Conservancy has launched an effort to conserve an important reach of the Little Sur River by acquiring the 1,199-acre Adler Ranch, shown here. Our effort will preserve a crucial stand of old-growth redwoods and prime upland habitat, while improving trail connectivity between the Los Padres National Forest and the ocean.

The Little Sur River is considered the Central Coast’s most important spawning stream for threatened south-central coast steelhead, which once returned to this stretch of the California coast by the tens of thousands. Today, it is likely that fewer than 100 fish return to the Little Sur River each year. Photo by Pat Clayton.

By acquiring the Adler Ranch, WRC will preserve nearly 1,200 acres of important upland grasslands, oak woodlands and chaparral and madrone forest that are all crucial to the imperiled wildlife of the Big Sur coast and to the watershed of the Little Sur River.

WRC's purchase of the Adler Ranch will link protected public lands along the coast to the main body of the Los Padres National Forest, helping to ensure permanent habitat connectivity between the ocean and the crest of the Santa Lucia Mountains.

The ranch WRC is working to conserve lies at the western edge of the the Los Padres National Forest, 40 miles south of Monterey, California. Photo by Peter Colby.