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After the Land Trust’s April Board meeting on Friday, about half the Board got a tour of two small (10 acres and 40 acres) Sandhills properties. Consultant Jodi McGraw gave them the biodiversity tour of what makes the Sandhills so special. It is literally like no other place on earth, with eight endemic species and a landscape in shocking contrast to the surrounding redwood forests – an ancient seabed in the midst of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

The board spent the first two hours of the day dealing with another kind of diversity – the diversity of projects the Land Trust is working on. They heard about building the Rail Trail ASAP, protection of another farm, and progress on the trails we’re building all over the county – San Vicente Redwoods in the north, Glenwood Preserve in Scotts Valley, and on our Watsonville Slough Farm in the south.

The Board also decided to hold a “study session” to better understand the stewardship costs of these new projects. Much of the excitement of the Board meeting was about a potential acquisition I can’t yet tell you about (you’re going to LOVE it), but we know that the real challenge down the road is getting these multi-year projects done and then taking care of them, year after year.

We are, in many ways, picking up the slack from declining state funding – creating parks, building trails, and then taking care of them. We’ll get it done the way we’ve gotten so much done the past decade – with the generous support of our donors. Thank you all! (If you’re not yet helping make this happen, you can join us here.)

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Stephen Slade is the Executive Director at Land Trust of Santa Cruz County. He has more than 40 years non-profit experience in fundraising, communications, and management – and a deep passion for the lands that make Santa Cruz special.

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  1. I really appreciate all the work the the Land Trust does to preserve vitally important areas for future generations. The vision of the group is amazing. Please don’t veer from the current course. Thank you so much for what you all do.

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