TEJON RANCH, CA - For more than a decade, Tejon Ranch has been fighting for a habitat conservation plan that would protect endangered wildlife.
On Friday, it was revealed after years of hard work and dedication, 90 percent of the ranch will stay untouched.
"240,000 undeveloped contiguous areas of protected habitat," said an official with Tejon Ranch.
It's an announcement the ranch has been waiting years to make.
The new habitat conservation plan, implemented Friday, will protect wildlife throughout the ranch, including the federally endangered California Condor.
"Land is going to be managed in a way, in perpetuity, that's going to provide habitat for these covered species," said Dan Ashe, U.S. Fish and Wildlife.
In 2005, Tejon Ranch announced plans for a 5,000 acre development off Interstate 5 that would include upscale homes, golf courses, and hotels.
But people protested and filed suit, saying the ranch contains thousands of acres considered critical habitat.
Now eight years later, ranch officials revealed that only ten percent of the ranch will be used for development, with approximately 30,000 acres put on reserve.
"We're ensuring good management and sound economic development will move forward, and we can do that in a way that's consistent conservation of the California Condor and other species," said Ashe.
The approval of the plan provides a 50-year permit to the Tejon Ranch Company. That keeps the company certain it will be in compliance with the Federal Endangered Species Act for future construction.
Ranch officials say in the coming years, a nearly 6,000 acre mountain resort will be located on the ranch.