The philosophy of Friends of Rana Creek Ranch, Inc. is that land preservation and education play a critical role in the future of the environment and support a better quality of life. Having sufficient amounts of contiguous natural lands is vital to the survival of the environment. Open space is required to protect drinking water supplies and clean air, promote healthier, active lifestyles, preserve habitat for native plants and animal species, and provide nesting and breeding places for birds. Our goal is to achieve a successful voluntary conservation program and help ensure the environmental-protection interests of the broader community.
"The principal problem facing Carmel Valley is that development has been allowed to outstrip the valley’s environmental carrying capacity and its ability adequately to absorb such growth within existing natural and infrastructure systems. In addition, further growth would negatively impact Carmel Valley’s rural character." (The Community General Plan for Monterey County, January 11, 2005).
Show me a healthy community with a healthy economy and I will show you a community that has its green infrastructure in order and understands the relationship between the built and the unbuilt environment.
~ Will Rogers, Trust for Public Land
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul.
~ John Muir
I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.
~ Andy Warhol
God Bless America. Let's save some of it.
~ Edward Abbey
In the United States the concept of preserving landscapes for the pleasure of the people was established on June 30, 1864, when President Abraham Lincoln signed the bill creating the Yosemite Grant.