The Eastern California Shear Zone runs roughly parallel to the San Andreas Fault from the Gulf of California and is a wide area in western Nevada.
Land subsidence was linked to water-level declines of more than 100 feet between the 1950s and the 1990s.
The USFS’s purchase of the ranch creates an 11-mile stretch of permanently protected coastline beginning at the Bixby Bridge and extending south through Andrew Molera State Park.
In an effort to protect the California spotted owl and the Pacific fisher conservation groups filed suit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in federal district court.
The Aug. 24 decision upholds that cattle grazing harms the desert tortoise and its critical habitat.