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Ecology


Today, with the ever encroaching urbanization of the area, portions of the Ranch is natural habitat for a number of mammal, bird, fish, plant, reptile and insect species.

Valley Oak Woodland and Riparian: The Ranch is comprised of upland valley oak woodland terrain (watershed slopes directly above bottomlands or flood lands), and riparian terrain comprised of bottomlands (below upland terrain but above water channels), and the Cosumnes River and Deer Creek channels. 

Habitat: species making their home on portions of the Mahon Ranch include deer, black bear, porcupine, bob cat, mountain lion, river otter, weasel, muskrat, raccoon, opossum, squirrel, coyote, beaver, fox, salmon, Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, night heron, ibis, egret, crane, duck, geese and scores of other birds, insects and invertebrates – both year-around residents and migratory species.  

Soils: the Ranch is comprised of Prime Farmland and Farmland of Statewide Importance which support a rich agricultural operation along with sustaining a robust array of plant life including Valley Oak, Sycamore, Box Elder, Willow, Ash and Cottonwood trees.

We’re proud of our family’s stewardship of the land, the habitat it supports and our farming practices which have preserved and enhanced the environment of the Ranch for over 125 years.


The Cosumnes River Preserve, just downstream from the Mahon Ranch, says: “These lands, once considered insect ridden and unattractive, and even dangerous, today are recognized as beautiful places with important roles in local and global ecology.” (www.consumnes.org)
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