The Land Trust acquired two properties (290 acres) and raised $1 million from 1,400 donors. We are working to acquire a third property (190 acres) in 2015 and Caltrans plans to seek funding to build the tunnel in 2016.
2. San Vicente Redwoods
We and our partners (POST, Save the Redwoods League, and Sempervirens Fund) completed the protection of this 8,500-acre property this year with the receipt of a $10 million state grant. All four partners split the remaining cost ($10 million) to permanently protect the largest property in the county.
3. San Vicente Redwoods Access Plan
As the Public Access Manager of San Vicente Redwoods, the Land Trust developed a plan for 38 miles of trails on the property. We held two community meetings attended by 450 people, received 2,800 online surveys, and met with another 200 people in small groups – to assure community input into the process.
4. Coastal Rail Trail
The Land Trust Board committed to raising funds to help get the 32-mile bike/hike trail built, including a $260,000 grant to Watsonville for their segment, and the promise of $3 million to match a grant (not yet awarded) to build the trail from Wilder Ranch to Coast Dairies. Land Trust funds will be used to match and secure government grants.
5. Max Stewardship
The Land Trust devotes half its operating budget to stewardship, a reflection of our commitment to caring for the land we protect. This year we completed major projects on our Watsonville Slough Farm (to reduce erosion), Antonelli Pond (vegetation cutback and public safety improvements), and Star Creek Ranch (trail and road maintenance).
6. National Monument
The Land Trust Board endorsed National Monument status for the Coast Dairies property owned by the Bureau of Land Management.
7. Sandhills Protection
We protected two more rare Sandhills properties totaling 52 acres, bringing the Sandhills acreage we have protected to more than 250.
8. Davenport Bluffs
The Land Trust worked to have CEMEX remove the forbidding “No Trespassing” signs and to officially open up this property to public access.
9. Harvest at Byrne-Milliron Forest
We conducted our 7th harvest at Byrne-Milliron Forest, generating funds for its stewardship and demonstrating the compatibility of timber harvests and environmental stewardship.
10. Max Member Engagement
14 events attended by 2,358 people, 25,000+ visits to the new website, 1,600 donors – who made all these accomplishments possible! Thank you!