Triple M Ranch

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The Triple M Ranch is a 195 acre farm located in the lower Carneros Watershed at 420 Hall Road, Las Lomas, CA. 95076. It is owned an operated by Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA).

Location of Triple M Ranch, image courtesy of Laurel Marcus & Associates.
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Setting

The Triple M Ranch was purchased by ALBA [2], with conditional assistance from the California State Coastal Conservancy and the Packard Foundation in 2000. As part of the conditional assistance received when purchasing the land, ALBA has set aside 135 acres of the ranch as a natural land easement [3]. Development rights to the land were given to the Elkhorn Slough Foundation (ESF), ensuring that the Triple M Ranch will remain undeveloped and that a substantial portion of the property will remain a natural preserve.

Wetland Restoration Project

The ESF in conjunction with ALBA, completed a Land Management Plan that outlined a project to restore and enhance natural land on the property. The goals of this management plan include (among others) the restoration of the Carneros Creek riparian corridor and of site wetlands; the creation of hills and ponds for the purpose of providing habitat for special status amphibians; and the improvement of water quality and flood protection.[4] [5]. The reach of Carneros Creek that bisects the property has historically been channelized and straightened in past decades. Currently, however, the creek is in the process of "self-restoration" as dredge spoil levees have been allowed to degrade and the flow is no longer confined within an artificial channel [6] This project will restore approximately 40 acres of wetlands and floodplains, which have been repeatedly dredged and used for agriculture in the 80 years prior to ALBA ownership [7].

Wetland restoration project plans. Image courtesy of Largay Hydrologic Sciences, LLC.

Research Projects on Triple M Ranch

  • Bassett R. 2010. Quantifying spatially-explicit change in sediment storage on an emerging floodplain and wetland on Carneros Creek, CA (May 2010). A Capstone Project Presented to the Faculty of Science and Environmental Policy in the College of Science, Media Arts, and Technology at California State University, Monterey Bay in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Science Full pdf
  • Holloway R. 2010. Annual Sediment Retention and Hydraulic Residence Time Variability in a Riverine Wetland Receiving Unregulated Inflow from Agricultural Runoff (December 2010). A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of the Division of Science and Environmental Policy California State University Monterey Bay in partial fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Science in Coastal and Watershed Science and Policy Full pdf

References

  1. [1] Location of Triple M Ranch, image courtesy of Laurel Marcus & Associates. [accessed 02 Feb 2011]
  2. [3] http://www.albafarmers.org/about.html [accessed 30 Jan 2011]
  3. [4] http://www.albafarmers.org/farms.html [accessed 30 Jan 2011]
  4. [5] Laurel Marcus & Associates. 2003. Triple M Ranch land management plan. Prepared for the Elkhorn Slough Foundation
  5. [6] Largay B. 2007. ALBA Triple M Wetlands Project: Existing conditions and Conceptual Design-Technical Advisory Committee Review Draft. Largay Hydrologic Sciences, LLC. http://hydro.csumb.edu/ALBA_CSUMB/ALBA_Triple_M_Conditions_Concepts.pdf.
  6. [2] Holloway R. 2010. Annual Sediment Retention and Hydraulic Residence Time Variability in a Riverine Wetland Receiving Unregulated Inflow from Agricultural Runoff. [Master‟s thesis]. Seaside (CA): California State University, Monterey Bay. Available from: http://sep.csumb.edu/cwsp/theses/Holloway_Thesis_101217.pdf
  7. [7] Coastal Training Program at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. ALBA Wetland Restoration http://elkhornsloughctp.org/reference/subissue_detail.php?SUBISSUE_ID=48 [accessed 02 Feb 2011]

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