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The mission of the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County is to protect, care for, and connect people to the extraordinary lands that make this area special.


We see a future where the wild and working forests, the beaches and coastline, the globally unique biotic habitats and the County’s rich farming and ranching heritage – those things that define the extraordinary place we call Santa Cruz County—are preserved forever, are lovingly cared for by supportive communities and are cherished by all as an extraordinary gift that this generation has made to future generations. Read more about these strategies in our Mission and Vision Statement.

Recent Accomplishments

Since its founding in 1978, the Land Trust has raised $62 million in funding for conservation, and has protected more than 14,000 acres – directly and through partnerships.  See a detailed list of our recent accomplishments here.

Strategic Plan 2015-2020

In the spring of 2015, the Land Trust’s Board approved a five-year Strategic Plan. It calls for focused work on building 45 miles of new trails in the county, raising matching funds to build the Coastal Rail Trail, driving the Highway 17 Wildlife Crossing to completion, and protecting more Pajaro Valley farmland. It also calls for continued stewardship of the 14,000 acres under the Land Trust’s care.  Click here to read the plan.




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