Serving California Since 1998

California Rangeland Trust is the largest land trust in California. Our mission is to serve the land, people, and wildlife by conserving California’s working rangelands.

What does California Rangeland Trust do?

56 of the ranches conserved by the California Rangeland Trust – encompassing 306,781 acres – were included in the recent Ecosystem Service Study. Researchers discovered:

California Rangeland Trust Presents

A COMMON GROUND

Rangelands heal our planet.

California is an incredible state, rich in beauty, history, and diversity. It’s a place that has captured the national imagination for centuries: The farthest edge of the American West, where the mountains meet the sea.

As one of only five regions in the world with a Mediterranean climate, our state feeds the world. California is home to 5.2 million cattle and calves—fourth in the nation for cattle, with livestock responsible for 27% of all agricultural revenues in the state.

This is a heritage that all Californians share. These natural resources are essential to our way of life. But it faces threats. The working landscapes that characterize the Golden State are at risk. 62% of California’s open space consists of privately-owned rangeland. And that land is disappearing at an alarming rate.

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Open Spaces

62% of California’s undeveloped land is private rangeland.

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Wildlife

67% of endangered species spend part of their lives on private rangeland.

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Fresh Air & Water

85% of California’s fresh water runs over ranches.

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San Luis Obispo County
The California Rangeland Trust has worked diligently to preserve the state's most precious lands in more than 50 locations.
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Tuolumne County
The California Rangeland Trust has worked diligently to preserve the state's most precious lands in more than 50 locations.
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Napa County
The California Rangeland Trust has worked diligently to preserve the state's most precious lands in more than 50 locations.
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Monterey County
The California Rangeland Trust has worked diligently to preserve the state's most precious lands in more than 50 locations.
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Merced County
The California Rangeland Trust has worked diligently to preserve the state's most precious lands in more than 50 locations.
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Fresno County
The California Rangeland Trust has worked diligently to preserve the state's most precious lands in more than 50 locations.
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San Luis Obispo County
The California Rangeland Trust has worked diligently to preserve the state's most precious lands in more than 50 locations.
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Tuolumne County
The California Rangeland Trust has worked diligently to preserve the state's most precious lands in more than 50 locations.
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Napa County
The California Rangeland Trust has worked diligently to preserve the state's most precious lands in more than 50 locations.
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Monterey County
The California Rangeland Trust has worked diligently to preserve the state's most precious lands in more than 50 locations.
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Merced County
The California Rangeland Trust has worked diligently to preserve the state's most precious lands in more than 50 locations.
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Fresno County
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Celebrate our state’s ranching roots Saturday, October 2, 2021 at Ranch Mission Viejo in San Juan Capistrano. You won’t want to miss this year’s signature event on one of the last working cattle ranches in Orange County!

Celebrate our state’s ranching roots Saturday, October 2, 2021 at Ranch Mission Viejo in San Juan Capistrano. You won’t want to miss this year’s signature event on one of the last working cattle ranches in Orange County!

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Meet our Partners: Westervelt Ecological Services

The Westervelt Company is a century-old company dedicated to protecting the land’s resources for future generations. In 2006, the company formed Westervelt Ecological Services (WES) that owns and operates 30,000 acres of land across America to mitigate and plan for habitat for a variety of entities.

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Celebrating Our Ranching Roots

Celebrating Our Ranching Roots at A Western Affair 2021 October 29, 2021 by Alyssa Rolen Earlier this month, friends of the California Rangeland Trust gathered at A Western Affair 2021 to celebrate our state’s ranching

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Sardella Ranch: Fighting Fire with Fire

In the summer of 2013, a fire came through the Sardella Ranch. Where most would see devastation, Michael Sardella, owner of the Sardella Ranch in Tuolumne County, saw an opportunity.

Sardella has been a resident of the Sonora area his whole life. Since his family settled onto the ranch in 1957, he has witnessed firsthand the effects that population growth and development have on small towns in America.

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California Rangeland Trust is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization (tax identification number 31-1631453) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

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