Runway Makeover

FMR aviation

The Airplane Port

The aviation catwalk gets a new airplane port.

Ongoing upgrades to the Flying M airstrip keep the ranch’s aviation facilities in top shape.


Accessibility by Air

Accessibility by air is one advantage we’re very proud of. Partners and clients of FMR can access the ranch with ease. Estimated time enroute (ETE) from San Jose International Airport to the Flying M airstrip is just 23 minutes, and ETE from Santa Monica Municipal Airport is 1 hour, 30 minutes.


FMR is one of the largest privately owned and undeveloped areas of land west of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The ranch provides unique opportunities for companies in a wide range of industries from technology to aerospace and beyond.

To learn more about collaboration opportunities at FMR, please see our event services, or contact us. We are always excited to build new relationships.

3 airplanes at flying M

Burns Creek Restoration

FMR creek

A little effort can make a world of difference.

At the Flying M Ranches we are committed to restoring and protecting natural resources. From grassland preservation to riverine restoration, we aim to protect and enhance the beauty and vitality of our grasslands.

Burns Creek and its associated riparian zone, meander through the grasslands of California’s eastern Merced County. The creek and its tributaries comprise the largest watershed on the ranch, and lie within the heart of the largest contiguous block of vernal pool grassland habitat in the state.


From the foothills of the sierra nevada mountains, the creek winds its way southwest to its conflux with Bear Breek. Burns Creek provides habitat for migratory birds and waterfowl, and it is a key component of the surrounding ecosystem.

The creek is a prime candidate for restoration. Upstream the burns creek check damn dampens flood flows, increasing the potential for viable restoration projects. The creek and riparian zone lie within existing conservation easements held by The Nature Conservancy. This ensures that investments into restoration will be protected in the decades to come.


We are currently researching methods to improve the condition of the creek. Efforts may include the establishment of a riparian buffer, and tree planting and fencing to enhance and protect the riverine system.

Ag Updates

FMR almonds

Rise of the Perennials

FMR investments into perennial orchard crops take off.

FMR has partnered with leading growers in the San Joaquin Valley to develop new farming opportunities. Portions of farmland around the perimeter of FMR have been planted with almonds and olives. These new crops offer diversity to FMR’s agricultural portfolio, providing greater economic resilience.

Launch of JSM

FMR is partnering and collaborating with ranchers throughout California and Nevada to refine is cattle operation.