LAS FLORES RANCH MANAGEMENT AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROJECT
In partnership with the Crestline Sanitation District the Mojave Desert RCD is continuing the Management and Technical Assistance program for the Las Flores Ranch, located on Summit Valley Road in Summit Valley. This historic ranch leases over 600 acres of pasture to raise grass fed cattle. This pasture is flood watered by a natural gravity fed water source, through the Crestline Sanitation Facility and dissipating in the pastures of Las Flores. The districts scope of work has included the use of the Global Positioning System to mark boundaries, water ways and pertinent landscape. The points have been used to create a shape file for use in Geographic Information System to allow the overlaying of data layers such as existing soil types within the boundaries. Existing infrastructures have been evaluated with changes and repairs made, as well as a plant census conducted. The soil quality and moisture holding ability and plant variety and quantity is being identified, inventoried and disseminated into data for use in prescribing future pasture production and agricultural quality. Other partners for this project include Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Victor Valley College.