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.
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.”