Agree­ment Pre­serves Sun­set Ranch

MidWeek Islander (Central Oahu) - - News - By SARAH PACHECO

A Pupukea ranch is now per­ma­nently ded­i­cated to ranch­ing and agri­cul­ture, thanks to an agree­ment by the owner and North Shore Com­mu­nity Land Trust.

Sun­set Ranch, owned by Pi­etsch Prop­er­ties LCC, vol­un­tar­ily de­liv­ered a con­ser­va­tion ease­ment to the land trust ear­lier this month to pro­tect its 27-plus acres from devel­op­ment in per­pe­tu­ity.

Greg Pi­etsch, the grand­son of orig­i­nal prop­erty pur­chaser Charles J. Pi­etsch Jr., said he in­tends to keep the land in the fam­ily and in pro­duc­tive ru­ral use to con­serve it and sup­port sus­tain­abil­ity ef­forts.

Also en­vi­sioned are horse­man­ship ac­tiv­i­ties and spe­cial events for com­mu­nity and non­profit groups at the Boy Scout camp nearby.

“By proac­tively pro­tect­ing the lands at Sun­set Ranch, they have proven their com­mit­ment to sound land man­age­ment in the North Shore com­mu­nity,” stated NSCLT pres­i­dent Adam Bor­rello.

While this is the first con­ser­va­tion ease­ment the trust will own and stew­ard, it is one of many projects the trust has led or part­nered in, such as the pur­chase and pro­tec­tion of Pupukea-Pau­malu in 2007 and Waimea Val­ley in 2006.

Ease­ment part­ners in­clude Hawaii Legacy Land Con­ser­va­tion Fund, the city’s Clean Wa­ter and Nat­u­ral Lands Fund and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Con­ser­va­tion Ser­vice’s Farm and Ranch­land Pro­tec­tion Pro­grams.

“I am en­cour­aged to see the fund be­ing used to pro­tect agri­cul­tural and ranch lands, as well as nat­u­ral ar­eas and habi­tat,” stated Laura Thie­len, di­rec­tor of the DLNR, which ad­min­is­ters the Hawaii Legacy Land Con­ser­va­tion Fund.

“Agri­cul­tural and ranch land like Sun­set Ranch is an im­por­tant part of our her­itage and the ru­ral char­ac­ter that makes the North Shore a spe­cial place,” she added.

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