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About Us

Connecting People to Land Preservation Since 1978

Mission & Vision

Our Mission

We protect, care for, and connect all people to the vibrant natural and working lands that are essential for our community and nature to thrive together for generations to come.

Our Vision

We see a future in which the amazing diversity of lands that define and connect us to the Santa Cruz County region — the wild and working forests, the globally unique wildlife habitats, the coastal landscape, and our rich farming and ranching heritage — are cared for and preserved forever. 

What We Believe In

Our organization is built on collaboration, cooperation, and a shared understanding of the importance of land preservation, maintenance, and access.


We believe in building partnerships and allies built on mutual goals and open communication.


We build trust by being open and transparent with our community and partners.


We believe that open honest dialogue is the best approach to connecting people with the lands we protect.


We believe that diversity and equity are achieved when we welcome everyone to participate in caring for the land.


We believe in the benefits of new approaches, science, and technology to improve our ability to protect and steward land.


We believe that one of the most powerful ways for us to address climate change is to preserve and restore open spaces and support the unique biodiversity of our region.

Making an Impact

For over four decades we have worked to protect and preserve agricultural, watershed, wildlife habitat, open space, and outdoor recreation land in and around Santa Cruz County.

Rocks at Sunset

The Conservation Blueprint created by the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County is a remarkably thorough and thoughtful document. The recommendations represent some very welcome fresh thinking at an important time for our county.

Miles ReiterChairman and CEO of Driscoll’s Berries

Our work is funded by donations from generous individuals, as well as foundation and government grants, which multiply the impact of individual gifts.

Additional financial information is available at www.guidestar.org


Land Trust Careers

If you are interested in working with us to conserve the unique beauty of our area by developing innovative solutions that support the environment, economy, and quality of life for future generations of people and wildlife, explore our career opportunities.

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