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

FRom the ground up:

Healing Our Planet, Healing Ourselves

California Rangeland Trust Presents

FRom the ground up:

Healing Our Planet, Healing Ourselves

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 rangeland. And that land is disappearing at an alarming rate.

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Open Spaces

62% of California’s undeveloped land is rangeland.

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Wildlife

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

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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 80 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 80 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 80 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 80 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 80 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 80 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 80 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 80 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 80 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 80 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 80 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 80 locations.
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Conservation: A Cause for Celebration

When the Rangeland Trust is able to successfully conserve a piece of California’s working lands, it is cause for a celebration—another win in the fight to keep ranchers ranching and stave off conversion of these lands in the Golden State!

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Landscape photo of the Hanson Ranch showing mountains and range.

Hanson Ranch: Planning for the Future​

The question of succession weighs heavily on the mind of nearly every rancher: “Who will take over my ranch once I am gone?” According to the USDA, within the next two decades, approximately 70 percent of U.S. farming and ranching operations will confront this issue. While the next generation often assumes responsibility, this isn’t always the case, necessitating careful planning and arrangements to safeguard the operation into the future. For the late Louise Hanson, the original proprietor of the Hanson Ranch, a conservation easement emerged as a cornerstone of her estate planning.

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Reunir 2024: Reuniting with our friends on the Central Coast​

On February 8th, nearly 150 guests came together at The Maker’s Son in Los Alamos, Santa Barbara County, for the annual Reunir with the Rangeland Trust. For the last five years, this event has served to connect new and old friends over the appreciation of the western lifestyle and preserving it in the region. The many hugs and share conversations that were had truly captured the spirit of this beloved gathering!

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