California Stewardship Success Stories By Geographic Area
NRCS California is administratively organized into four geographic areas — Northern, Central Coast, Central Valley and Southern — each unique in its environmental and conservation strengths and challenges.
Area 1 (Northern)
This is a land of contrasts. It's a short distance from the Pacific coastline to Mt. Shasta's summit at 14,162 feet. The arid basin and range on the eastside receives as little as 4 inches of precipitation annually. The lush redwood forests on the west side receive as much as 50 inches.
Area 2 (Central Coast)
Low, parallel mountain ranges supporting cattle ranches border the broad, fertile valleys of California's Coast and Bay Delta. A long, warm growing season supports an $11.25 billion agricultural industry with hundreds of crops that include localized dairy farms plus widespread ranching and specialty crops throughout the area.
Area 3 (Central Valley)
This area contains the nation's greatest agricultural producing region, which encompasses the San Joaquin Valley and central Sierra Nevada Mountains. More than 300 crops are produced, with annual sales over $12 billion. Six of the nation’s top 25 counties, in terms of agricultural product sales, are here.
Area 4 (Southern)
This area's terrain, climate, animal and plant life is amazingly diverse compared to most parts of the country. The geography ranges from valleys below sea level to peaks over 14,000 feet. Precipitation varies from less than 2 inches in some desert areas to 60 inches on high slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains.
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