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 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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Acres Conserved
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 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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25 Years of Fighting for the Future by Keeping Ranchers Ranching

25 years ago, the California Rangeland Trust was born out of need— a need to keep ranchers on the land and a need to keep working lands productive in California.

The year was 1997— land prices were rising, taxes were becoming more burdensome, and the threat of development loomed over California’s rangelands. Feeling the pressures, some ranchers got out of the business altogether, while others moved across state lines to continue their operations. It seemed like the sustainability of California’s ranching industry was in jeopardy.

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California Rangeland Trust Celebrates the Fruits of its Labor at A Western Affair 2023

The California Rangeland Trust recently commemorated 25 years of keeping ranchers ranching and conserving the Golden State’s working lands at A Western Affair 2023. While celebrating the fruits of its labor, the weekend was spent honoring the achievements of the past, celebrating the bounty of agricultural goods and services provided by the land, enjoying good company and pasture-to-plate flavors, and looking ahead to all that is possible for the future.

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Rancho San Lorenzo: Blazing and Grazing Their Own Trail

Richard and Sharon Kline, current owners of Rancho San Lorenzo, were “city folk” by circumstance, but they are ranchers by choice.

Despite their urban upbringings, each held an appreciation for agriculture and the western way of life, and it was this shared appreciation that brought them together over 38 years ago.

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