Driving through the backyard of Yolo County, Bob Schneider seems to sense every plant, every animal and every nuance of the land here.
He wants someone passing this same way 100, even 500 years from now to see the same stunning vista where tule elk roam and the finicky yellow-legged frog manages to thrive. But without a monumental effort to preserve the diverse environment in a 100-mile swath of California's interior, buildings and roads could obliterate it acre by acre, he said.
Schneider is board president of Tuleyome, a Woodland-based environmental nonprofit organization working to establish a National Conservation Area -- the third in California -- encompassing nearly half a million acres in six counties.
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