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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Acres Conserved
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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2020: RANGELANDS AND RESILIENCE

Through all the challenges of 2020, you—our ranching partners and loyal supporters—inspired us with your resilience. From the coronavirus lockdown demonstrating the necessity of reliable food sources to statewide wildfires proving the importance of managed grasslands, this year showcased, as never before, the value of California’s rangelands. Protecting our open spaces and those who steward them is vital to a safe and vibrant future. Despite the bumps in the road, this has been a remarkable year for the working landscapes of our state. Here are just a few of the highlights we were able to achieve in 2020 because of you:

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Jessica Schley Riding on Family Ranch

DONOR SPOTLIGHT ON JESSICA SCHLEY

Jessica had a childhood that many of us may only dream of – growing up on the family ranch with wide-open spaces as her endless playground, doing her homework in a special spot of the old hay barn near her horse, and being called home for dinner each night by the ringing of the metal triangle. Family history and natural beauty surrounded her every day, and she saw them all as special gifts in her life.

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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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