Placer County ranchers honored for vision

Placer Land Trust to present Oests with Conservator Award
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With roots in Placer County dating back to 1859, Daryl and Sue Oest haven’t rested on their pioneer ranching family’s laurels.

The Placer Land Trust will be honoring the Auburn-area couple this Thursday when it presents them with the Placer Conservator Award — an honor recognizing an individual or group that enhances the area’s quality of life through resource conservation.

The award recognizes the Oest’s “vision to permanently preserve the agricultural heritage of their land for generations to come.”

The Land Trust is in the final stages of completing the protection of all of the the Oest family’s historic 940-acre ranch this year — an effort that started more than a decade ago.

“The Oests were the first true ranchers to work with Placer Land Trust on permanently protecting their land,” Executive Director Jeff Darlington said. “With more and more farm and ranch land being developed each year, it is critical that we act now to protect our local agriculture before it’s gone.”

The Oest Ranch was inducted into the California Agricultural Heritage Club at the California State Fair in 2011, honoring the Oest family for being in agriculture for more than 150 years. Earlier this year, the Oest family stepped up at the annual Placer County Farm Bureau dinner for its Distinguished Service Award, recognizing the family’s dedication to caring for the land for multiple generations.

This past Tuesday, the Placer County Board of Supervisors approved a commendation honoring Daryl and Sue Oest.

Daryl said that it’s important to protect land, wildlife and agricultural heritage.

“Being a rancher is hard work but spending time in beautiful open space and working with animals makes it worth it,” he said.