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

A Wildlife Tunnel!

  • We secured the funds necessary to protect the last property around the tunnel (170 acres west of Highway 17).
  • The California Transportation Commission granted $3.2 million for the design and engineering.
  • Measure D passed, providing $5 million for construction. The tentative construction date is in 2020!

The Rail Trail!

  • There is full design and construction funding from the Santa Cruz Wharf to Panther Beach on the North Coast and the trails are expected to be open next year!
  • We also have design and engineering funds for the last two miles from Panther Beach to Davenport and from the wharf to 17thAvenue in Live Oak.
  • With the approval of $85 million in Measure D, we could have most of the Rail Trail built in ten years!

San Vicente Redwoods Trails!

  • We have spent more than two years and $1 million designing 38 miles of hiking, equestrian, and mountain biking trails through this 8,500-acre property.
  • We took the first steps to create a County Ranger program to patrol the trails when they open.

Land Protection!

  • We protected 124 acres of farmland and will protect another 47 acres this year.
  • We protected another 15 acres of Sandhills habitat.

Grants and Donations

  • Since we launched the Great Land & Trails Campaign in 2015, we have received $19 million in grants
  • and raised more than $13.5 million (and counting) in donations.

If you are among those who donated, thank you!

If you weren’t (or want to make another gift) please make a donation now, before the end of our campaign on January 31st, so we can complete all these great projects and more!

Looking forward to another great year!

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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. Dear Land Trust,

    Where would we be without your good works and leadership? In the face of governmental belt-tightening and uneven public support, many of the successes for 2016 would not have been possible without your organization’s efforts:

    A wildlife tunnel, needed to penetrate that concrete barrier we call Highway 17, would still be just a “good idea”. Miles of Coastal Rail Trail construction will break ground next year and this wouldn’t be possible without your funding efforts and collaboration with the RTC and other partner agencies. The award-winning and shovel ready Coastal Rail Trail design strategically protects the active rail line that offers so much potential for clean modern alternatives to driving.

    That an organization dedicated to preservation of and access to our natural environment can be this instrumental in shaping future land use and transportation policies while mitigating the impacts of past transportation projects on the flora and fauna of our region is remarkable.
    I’m proud to be a member of and donor to the Land Trust and look forward to many more great things in the years to come.

    Best wishes for the new year!
    Barry Scott

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