Each of us has benefited in some way from the great pioneering Western movement that was built from the dreams of many determined individuals. It is our increasing responsibility to share that determination and never allow the vision of the vast Western rangeland to permanently disappear from the landscape. The disappearance of this beautiful open space will have devastating effects on our lifestyle, both visually and environmentally, for generations to come. Every person, ranchers and non-ranchers alike, suffer the same devastating results when a part of our history is permanently lost to uncontrolled growth.
You can play an important role in preserving our Western Heritage and protecting the important legacy of the American West by supporting our work at California Rangeland Trust.
Please act now and make your donation to help fund conservation easements. Your contribution will protect for the future vast acres of natural rangeland from permanently damaging non-agricultural development.
Help us preserve California's Western Heritage
California is losing its rangeland to development
at an alarming rate. Ranches are home to some of our state’s most valuable
rangeland habitat and cultural resources. Founded in 1998, the California Rangeland
Trust is a leading force in protecting these working ranches and the habitat
they provide. With your support we can conserve the nearly 400,000 acres of
privately owned resource-rich rangeland in our application files.
As each acre of
rangeland is converted to non-agricultural use, the economic base for rural
communities, their social fabric and cultural legacy is lost, as well as the
environmental benefits of open space, natural habitat and stewardship of
Rangeland Trust recognizes that the environmental health of California’s rangelands and the economic
health of rural communities are intertwined. The Trust provides and promotes
alternative ways to safeguard the long-term viability and stewardship of
rangeland agriculture and the conservation values those lands provide.
The Rangeland Trust
works in partnership with landowners who want to preserve the integrity of
their ranches and establish a lasting protection for its natural habitat
through conservation easements. These men and women have built a lifestyle
around the legacy of land stewardship that has been passed down to them for
During its history,
California Rangeland Trust has worked hard to gain the trust of California ranchers. The
confidence ranchers now place in the Rangeland Trust is based upon the
knowledge that our organization will provide strong resource preservation of
rangeland along with the continuation of historic ranching traditions. As a
result, California Rangeland Trust is the largest cattlemen’s land trust in California and has
partnered on land transactions that have conserved over 183,000 acres for
permanent rangeland protection.
The ranches in our
application files cover 25 counties in California.
Twelve of these counties are ranked as California’s
fastest growing counties and therefore face significant pressure of conversion
from rangeland to development. A staggering eleven counties of these are
located in the vast and unique California Central Valley. With your support in
joining the California Rangeland Trust we can conserve these rangelands and
resources at risk.
How you Benefit
Your tax deductible gift to California Rangeland Trust is an
important way to make a large step in the battle to safeguard California's open rangeland and natural
beauty from non-agricultural development.By supporting our land conservation efforts, you will help to protect
the Western landscape and this right of heritage for our future generations.
Please help today and make your donation now!