Mission: 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.
Programs: Stewardship: open space stewardship of 38 conservation easements (2,985 acres) and 14 fee simple properties (2,390 acres); provided habitat protection and restoration (including species monitoring and grazing and forest mgmt), public access, recreation, and research/education.
acquisition: development of new conservation projects throughout county, including potential acquisitions and both agricultural and habitat conservation easements.
communication focusing on: environmental education including website and distribution of newsletters and brochures; habitat analysis and species research; presentations to local organizations and agencies; site tours; land protection, and miscellaneous information.
Land Trust of Santa Cruz County is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means Land Trust of Santa Cruz County meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Land Trust of Santa Cruz County has demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate their commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. Learn More: http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about.