Ecker Ranch is a 1,080-acre (4.4 km2) ranch in Madera County, California near Yosemite National Park. In 2009 it was listed as one of about 30 historic ranches in California that have been preserved under the auspices of the California Rangeland Trust.
It was a homesteaded ranch that has stayed in the same family since the 19th century. It is still a working ranch, that also serves as a hunting lodge and offers camping experiences for youth groups.
The ranch dates from 1870. It was more than 4,500 acres (18 km2) in size. Much of the surrounding area has been developed.
Overstreet was paid $3,000,000 for the agricultural easement, far less than what the property could have sold for with no restrictions.
- Ecker Ranch press release
- "Ecker Ranch not open for development". Madera Tribune. July 17, 2006.
- Dwight Barnes (April 23, 2009). "Mountain Moments: The historic Ecker ranch and how it grew into today".
- Mark Grossi (Fresno Bee) (May 16, 2009). "Holding onto the past: Ranchers use state agency to preserve property". Merced Sun-Star.
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