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Hind River Ranch

The Hind River Ranch – 800 acres of breathtaking, mountainous Central Coast terrain

At the Hind Foundation, we think it’s important to practice what  we support. To better understand and experience firsthand the benefits of good resource management, in relationship to Plant & Wildlife Protection, Land Conservation, and Ecosystem Conservation, we purchased and now manage 800 acres of open space that surrounds the Central Coast’s Salinas River. Over 200 plant species, 60 bird species, and various endangered species live on Hind River Ranch, which provide a rare opportunity for Central Coast and national nonprofit organizations to conduct research and studies on the property.

The more we understand the opportunities, challenges, and experiences our grantees face, the more we can help them reach their goals.


Hind River Ranch Programs at Work

Seed Collection Program Wildlife Studies Initiative Education & Shared Resources

Nonprofit organizations involved in seed propagation are utilizing native plants on Hind River Ranch to support the re-establishment of native species in the County.

Nonprofit groups whose interests and initiatives coincide with the wildlife on Hind River Ranch are utilizing the property to further their cause.

All the statistics gained from Hind River Ranch research is being documented and will be provided to groups who can benefit from this detailed and rare data.

Hind River Ranch Habitats at a Glance

Chaparral Habitat Riparian Habitat Foothill Woodland Habitat

Chaparral is a Spanish term that comes from the word chaparro, which means small evergreen oak. The term chaparral literally translates to “the place of scrub oak.” Chaparral habitats support drought-resistant woody shrubs. On Hind River Ranch, Chamise is the most abundant and widespread shrub species in the chaparral habitat.

Hind River Ranch harbors a mature riparian corridor along the margins of the Salinas River. The riparian zone within Hind River Ranch is ideal and important wildlife habitat; the presence of water and cover are critical for many organisms living in this arid region. The multi-layered riparian canopy provides a wide variety of niches available to wildlife. 


Foothill woodland communities are the best known and most widespread of California’s oak woodlands. Foothill woodlands have a diverse mix of hardwoods, conifers, and shrubs, and a widely variable understory. On Hind River Ranch the foothill oak woodland is typically located at elevations above the riparian habitats and below the chaparral.