Yolo Superior Court Judge Timothy Fall granted a motion filed by the ranch owners to remove the land from the county's effort to take the 17,244-acre water-rich ranch by eminent domain.
Fall ruled in November that the county could use its power of eminent domain to force the ranch landowners to sell to the county. County leaders say they want to preserve the property for habitat conservation. The condemnation has been the subject of intense controversy in Yolo.
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