Tejon Ranch Conservancy

Frazier Park, CA   |



Ruling year info


Executive Director

Mr. Jaron Cramer

Main address

PO Box 216

Frazier Park, CA 93225 USA

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NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

California's population continues to grow, so does the encroachment of humankind on increasingly rare wilderness. This has myriad effects: decreasing not just the habitat, but the quality of habitat, for untold species both plants and animals; decreasing healthy biodiversity by isolating populations or increasing distance between populations of specific species; and encouraging the notion that humankind's choices are paramount regardless of the consequences, not only to our own economic and bio-genetic survival, but to the lives of species with which we do not yet understand our interdependence. Very few people get to experience wilderness as it exists and without that experience cannot appreciate what wilderness means, not just for humans, but for the living things that call wilderness home.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Public Access

Providing "significant" public access to Tejon Ranch is a core part of the Tejon Ranch Conservancy's organizational mission. The Conservancy offers a robust schedule of public access activities and environmental education programs. Due to the vast areas (8 million acres) of open access public lands within 100 miles of Tejon Ranch, the central theme in that plan is that thoughtful access program is the critical element in our success. Creating relevant access programming for underserved populations is also a core element to our access mission. The spring wildflower displays are by far the most popular feature that attracts visitors. The Conservancy also hosts many citizen science groups such as birders, herpetologists, botanists and other amateur naturalists. Community hikes, driving tours, stewardship days and environmental education events are standard public access offerings by the Conservancy. Special tours and events may also be arranged.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Conservancy is committed to basing its stewardship and Ranch-wide Management Planning on state of the art conservation science. To that end, the Conservancy has been focused on raising significant private support to support deep partnerships with academic institutions and private researchers to uncover and understand the ecological richness and complexity of Tejon Ranch. In particular the Conservancy has been working with the Range Ecology Laboratory at UC Berkeley to understand the ecological dynamics of the greater than 100,000 acres of grasslands conserved by the 2008 Tejon Ranch Conservation and Land Use Agreement. This work is supplemented by annual rare plant surveys and by a partnership with the Santa Ana Botanic Garden that is sponsoring the preparation of a flora of Tejon Ranch. The Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara is another very close academic partner. The Conservancy has hosted 6 masters level group projects as well as a portion of a National Science Foundation funded experiment on the varying degree of stress on key plants in a changing climate. Almost all of these partnerships are expected to continue for the foreseeable future. A new applied research project is a partnership with the USDA on the feral pig problem on Tejon Ranch.

Population(s) Served

This program serves to reduce the effects of invasive species and enhance the conservation values of the conserved lands of the Tejon Ranch.

Population(s) Served

The Tejon Ranch Conservancy Education Program's focus is providing field experience for high-school and college students.

A variety of programs, from Conservancy-developed and -led, one-day field trips for students with little or no outdoor experience, to extended, open-ended projects developed and run by faculty, is supported by Conservancy staff.

Faculty professional development events acquaint teachers with the Ranch, the role of the Conservancy, and the programs and support available to teachers in support of their academic programs. The focus is on science and art programs, but all subject areas can benefit from the Ranch experience.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Chamber of Commerce 2010

Land Trust Alliance 2010

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Located at the intersection of four major ecosystems, the Tejon Ranch Conservancy is key to sustaining California’s biodiversity. By developing state-of-the-art conservation science and land management principles on this working ranch, the Conservancy leads the way in understanding and protecting the exceptional biodiversity, ecosystems, and movement of wildlife throughout this vast region. Ultimately, the Conservancy’s impact will reach far beyond the Ranch through our public access programs. Current and future generations, students young and old, and researchers will be provided with a natural landscape to deepen their knowledge of the ecological significance of this extraordinary area. And those who maintain traditional land-use practices in working landscapes will have an opportunity to balance these uses with the conservation and restoration strategies we develop collaboratively. Providing an appreciation, as well, for wild places and their intrinsic importance to us.

Our focus is on three main objectives: Conservation science is enhanced by studies conducted by local, national and international colleges and universities in a broad range of fields in this immense living laboratory even as staff and citizen scientists collect and analyze data garnered in the field; Stewardship practices enhance the conservation impacts on working lands, in conjunction with the landowner, addressing, among other things, grazing practices, managing invasive species, and monitoring conservation easements; and Public Access and Education activities involve opportunities for the public, teachers and students of all ages, special interest groups like birding enthusiasts and herpetologists (among many others), and the under-served and those with little or no wilderness or outdoor interactions to visit the valleys, desert, mountain and transitional habitats in this all-encompassing mega-property.

Our reliance on highly skilled and accomplished staff is the most expedient way to meet our goals. For the goal of conservation science, prioritization of achievable objectives, focusing on areas of the greatest need first based on baseline studies and continued biological monitoring has, to date, been the purview of our Conservation Science Manager. For the goal of stewardship, a cadre of dedicated volunteers led by our Conservation Science Manager addresses immediate challenges as they arise and tackling smaller objectives as time permits. Lastly, the training of skilled docents and the creation of engaging events that encourage the general public, teachers and students of all ages to visit and spend time exploring the conserved lands of the Tejon Ranch falls to the staff of our Public Access/Education Department.

Perhaps our greatest accomplishments have been the restoration of riparian areas and springs. Working in collaboration with the landowner and cattle lessees by incorporating grazing management techniques, we have seen previously compromised areas return to their nearly natural state with increased biodiversity in native species.

Utilizing volunteers we have seen areas overgrown in invasive species (like mustard) eradicated, allowing for the return of native plant species and the invertebrates and animals associated with these biomes.

Lastly, we were able to do a two-day large scale training on Tejon Ranch for about 100 educators in the use of nature journalling where they learned to integrate journals with NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards), art, and ELA writing standards and critical thinking skills, teach nature drawing techniques and lead step-by-step activities in the field.

Though we have shed nearly 50% of our staff in a few short years to meet the financial challenges our organization faces, we hope to continue these efforts in a more focused fashion with the tremendous help of docents, volunteers and especially generous donors and supporters.


Tejon Ranch Conservancy

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Tejon Ranch Conservancy

Board of directors
as of 01/26/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Joel Reynolds


Term: 2008 - 2027

Sopac Mulholland

Sequoia Riverlands Trust

Dan Silver

Endangered Habitats League

Todd Ferrara

Tejon Ranch Company

Derek Abbott

Tejon Ranch Company

Terry Watt

Terrell Watt Planning Consultants

Russell Faucett

Barrington Partners, LP

Efren Munoz, Jr.

Tejon Ranch Company

Joel Reynolds

Natural Resources Defense Counsel

Peter Weiner

Cox Castle & Nicholson

Gary Hunt

California Strategies

Lucinda Starrett

Latham and Watkins

Reed Tollefson

Kern River Preserve

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/26/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data


Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/08/2022

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  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.