Big Sur Land Trust (BSLT) is a non-profit organization with a mission to inspire love of land across generations, conservation of our unique Monterey County landscapes, and access to outdoor experiences for all. We see a future where natural landscapes, working lands, urban open spaces and healthy communities are cared for by people who share a love of nature and a deep appreciation for the richness of their diverse cultures.

Since 1978, our generous donors and partners have conserved over 45,000 acres throughout Monterey County. As an accredited land trust, our work promotes:

  • Healthy Lands: Conserving and caring for the magnificent natural landscapes, habitats and waterways of our region to ensure a sustainable future.
  • Healthy People: Providing opportunities for all who live in and visit Monterey County to experience the healthful benefits associated with access to parks and open spaces, fresh food, clean air and water, and a deep connection to nature.
  • Healthy Communities: Engaging in partnerships where conservation and civic participation increase community vitality, economic prosperity and social equity.

Your donation makes all this happen! Give today.


Race for Open Space

Saturday, May 11, 2024 
Each spring people of all ages and fitness levels join Big Sur Land Trust’s Race for Open Space – our largest annual fundraising event – to support healthy lands, healthy people, and healthy communities. From longer courses across conserved backcountry trails not usually open to the public to a 1-mile fun run, the Race for Open Space has something for everyone! Learn more and register today >> 

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A Park at BSLT’s Carr Lake Site

Big Sur Land Trust owns 73 acres within the area known as Carr Lake in Salinas, CA. The Carr Lake Basin is an approximately 480-acre seasonally dry lakebed in the heart of the city. For decades, the community has envisioned transforming Carr Lake into a "central park." With our acquisition of this land at Carr Lake, we've taken the initial step towards transforming this property into an asset for the community that will help address the lack of parks and open space.