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 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
The California Rangeland Trust has worked diligently to preserve the state's most precious lands in more than 50 locations.
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Sardella Ranch: Reigniting Progress

“Burn, baby! Burn!” Michael Sardella, owner of the Sardella Ranch and California Rangeland Trust ranching partner, exclaimed as he watched the first bit of smoke rise off his property. Ordinarily, a scene like this would send a rancher running to call upon emergency services for help. Afterall, that was the case when a wildfire ravaged through Sardella’s Tuolumne County ranch back in 2013. This time, however, the smoke signaled the opposite— it was a sign of progress to help mitigate future wildfires.

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A Sacramento Roundup

Over 100 guests gathered in Downtown Sacramento at Mulvaney’s B&L on June 29th for a wonderful evening of food and friendship. Hosted by longtime Rangeland Trust supporters, Bob Slobe and Russell Austin, the evening offered a wonderful opportunity for the Rangeland Trust to meet its neighbors in America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital.

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Tipping Our Hats to Our Ranching Partners

California Rangeland Trust’s landowner partners demonstrate the importance of protecting the state’s working landscapes in their words and actions every day. Through their decisions to voluntarily conserve their ranches, they are helping preserve the best of the Golden State for future generations. For that, the Rangeland Trust could not be more grateful. So, to honor and celebrate the landowner partners who represent the history, hard work, integrity, and resilient spirit behind the organization’s success, the Rangeland Trust hosted the inaugural Landowner Appreciation Dinner on Tuesday, June 21st in Rancho Murieta, CA.

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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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