Family farms for future

Local cattle operation gets 2009 Environmental Stewardship Award

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A North State family-owned cattle operation was honored recently for its environmental stewardship.

Leavitt Lake Ranches in Vina has been named the 2009 National Environmental Stewardship Award winner. The ranch was nominated by the California Cattlemen’s Association and the California Rangeland Trust for making environmental stewardship a priority while improving production and profitability.

The operation is owned by Darrell and Callie Wood, and their children, son Ramsey and daughter Dallice. Since 1981, the family (pictured) has been acquiring ranches and cattle and gradually buying property formerly owned by previous generations of the Wood family.

Today, the couple own nearly 4,000 acres of private land and manage tens of thousands more. The Woods were nominated for their ongoing commitment to improving their land, including providing habitat for wildlife.