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Raised: $4,900,000


We have spent more than $1M designing 38 miles of hiking, equestrian, and mountain biking trails through San Vicente Redwoods. It’s taken so much time and money because we’re determined to build awesome trails AND protect the wildlife habitat and water resources there.

We have reviewed our draft trail map on the Glenwood Preserve in Scotts Valley with U.S. Fish and Wildlife and plans are moving along. Planning five miles of trails on our Watsonville Slough Farm has been delayed until Summer 2017.

The Land Trust plans to build, over the next five years, more than 45 miles of NEW trails – the biggest addition to the county’s 240-mile trail system in decades. The 38 miles of trails on San Vicente Redwoods will include 21 miles of biking trails and 17 miles for hiking and horse-back riding. There will be loop trails, view trails, trails leading to picnic spots, and a skyline to the sea trail that will connect to Coast Dairies and to the Rail Trail!

San Vicente Redwoods

38 miles of biking, hiking, and equestrian trails through 8,500-acre San Vicente Redwoods.

The five miles of trails through our Watsonville Slough Farm will provide access to the heart of the county’s largest freshwater wetlands, and connect to the Coastal Rail Trail. We will also build three miles of trails through the Glenwood Open Space Preserve in Scotts Valley.

The Land Trust committed to increasing access to our lands in our 2012-2015 Strategic Plan. These trails are the first major implementation of that vision. We believe that public support for land protection and stewardship is built on public access to the land – and on the stewardship of those lands.

The estimated cost of these trails is more than $10 million, including providing funds for their stewardship and security. Only about a third of these funds will be provided by foundation and government grants.

Watsonville Slough Farm

Five miles of trails through our Watsonville Slough Farm.

Design is underway on the San Vicente Trails, with permitting expected in 2016, and the first trails open in 2017, and all of them by 2020. We will begin design of the Watsonville Slough Trails next year with construction expected in 2019. The Glenwood Trails should be open in 2017.


10% of donations will go to support core Land Trust Stewardship and Operations.

More about the Build Trails Campaign

Trails Coming to Scotts Valley– Soon!

Last week, the Scotts Valley City Council approved the Land Trust’s management plan for the…

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Press Release: Trails Coming to Glenwood Preserve

The first trails on Scotts Valley’s Glenwood Preserve could be built this spring, with more…

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Trail Progress

It’s not visible on the ground yet, but we are making progress on our plans…

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Surfers and Cowboys

Last week three of our staff attended the national land trust conference in Denver. Back…

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Wildlife and People

A robust new study of how wildlife reacts to people offers encouraging news to those…

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Mountain Bikers: Outlaws or Respectable Citizens?

Good Times published a gushing story about Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC) last week,…

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Making Mountain Biking Respectable

We’ve been meeting with lots of people about mountain biking lately – our San Vicente…

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What if we don’t reach $20 Million?

A donor came by our office just before the end of the year to drop…

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What We Did in 2016

2016 was an amazing year at the Land Trust. Here are a few highlights. A…

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SOW County Rangers

Last week, the Board of Supervisors took the first step towards providing rangers for the…

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We have before us the opportunity to do some truly big, lasting things. The sort…

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Where Trails Cross Water

Last week our Conservation Director, Bryan Largay spent a day (another day!) on San Vicente…

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Preparing for the Best Possible Trails

This is the story about what it takes to build a world-class trail—and extend that…

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Santa Cruz Bicycles: $500K to Trails

The Land Trust and Santa Cruz Bicycles have something in common: trails. We want to…

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Private Money for Public Benefit

My family moved to California from southern Virginia in 1964. The contrast between a rich…

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Land Trust Receives $500,000 Trail Donation

Santa Cruz Bicycles Donates $500k to Build San Vicente Trails Read the press release here.…

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Coming Soon: Cool Events

  We’ve been working on some cool events for you. Last week, Dr. Chris Wilmers…

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Winter Stewardship

The picture above is of a volunteer crew working on repairing the Three Bears Trail…

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Building Environmentally-Sensitive Trails

During the past two years, our Conservation Director, Bryan Largay, has met with hundreds of…

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SVR: Meet the Trail-building Crew!

San Vicente Redwoods is going to be one remarkable park! I recently had the pleasure…

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Coming Soon to a County Near You

  At our first staff meeting of the new year we reviewed what we’ll be…

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A No Limits Challenge

  I’ve been raising money for non-profits for thirty years and I’ve never had a…

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Campaign Update: What You Gave To

We designed the Great Campaign so that you could support all the projects or choose…

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How to Raise $1M or $20M

When our Board committed to raising $20 million – to pay for a TON of…

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Your Campaign Dollars at Work

  The Land Trust signed two contracts last week totaling almost $2 million – funds…

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The Great Land & Trail Campaign Map

Click on the map for a larger view. This map appears in The Great Land…

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All Systems Go

  Each week our Board and staff receive a weekly “Minute Update” – a one-page…

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