Our Current Situation

Dear Friends, As I write this, my thoughts are filled with the remarkable set of challenges we face on a global, national and local level. I wanted to give you an update on our current situation and share how I see Big Sur Land Trust fitting into the conversation around solutions. It’s been four weeks since our Marks Ranch property … Read More

We Are Stronger As A Community

Aerial photo by Matthew Pendergast shows BSLT’s Marks Ranch and lands we transferred to Toro County Park. Dear Friends, As Salinas’ River Fire and Carmel Valley’s Carmel Fire are subsiding, and the Dolan Fire in Big Sur persists, we are witnessing heroic efforts from firefighters, support crews and neighbors helping neighbors. These moments remind us of the strength of our … Read More

Update: Marks Ranch and the River Fire

Dear Friends, I wanted to give you a brief update on Marks Ranch. After playing a critical role in supporting our local community, much of the property, including the water infrastructure, burned in the last two days. However, we are happy to report that the Hacienda along with other buildings have been spared. Staff has been on site throughout the week … Read More

Cal Fire stages firefighting equipment at BSLT’s Marks Ranch

Dear Friends of Big Sur Land Trust, Since you may have heard of the large River Fire that is raging in Salinas after a lightning strike early Sunday morning, I wanted to update you on our conserved lands at Marks Ranch. Big Sur Land Trust has closed our solo hiking program at the ranch in order for Cal Fire to … Read More

Watch Meredith May’s Talk on The Honey Bus + Land Steward Needed!

Watch a Recording of Author Meredith May From Our July Book Club The Honey Bus Great news! You can now share the experience that over 100 enthusiastic readers enjoyed when author Meredith May joined our last virtual book club on The Honey Bus. Watch the video to see Meredith’s special presentation about her beloved grandfather and the life lessons he taught her through … Read More

Find Your Wonder

I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and well. As a reminder of the beauty, joy and solace that people can find on many of the 40,000+ acres that our generous donors have helped conserve and care for throughout Monterey County, we invite you to take a moment to see our new “Find Your Wonder” video. As we … Read More

Join Meredith May, Author of “The Honey Bus” on July 23

July Book Club: The Honey Bus July 23, 20204:00 – 6:00 PM (PT)Virtual Meeting Meredith May, author of The Honey Bus, will have a very special presentation for us at our upcoming virtual book club event on July 23 from 4:00 – 6:00pm (PT)! Her memoir reveals life lessons she learned in her grandfather’s Big Sur bee yard. She’s won the PEN USA … Read More

Author Meredith May Will Join Our Book Club Event!

July Book Club: The Honey Bus July 23, 20204:00 – 6:00 PM (PT)Virtual Meeting We are honored that Meredith May, author of The Honey Bus, will be joining us for our upcoming virtual book club event on July 23 from 4:00 – 6:00pm (PT)!  Her memoir reveals life lessons she learned in her grandfather’s Big Sur bee yard. She’s won the PEN … Read More

New Project @ Mitteldorf + Donor Survey + A Gift for You

Redwood and Tanoak  Salvage  Project In our continuing efforts to restore and care for Mitteldorf Preserve after the damage from the Soberanes Fire, storms and flooding in 2016/2017, Big Sur Land Trust will be conducting a dead tree salvage operation in late June. Except for June 25th, limited solo hiking access will continue with opportunities to view the work at … Read More

Hopelessness is the enemy of justice.

This week has been really hard. Our communities and our nation are hurting. I’m sure I’m not alone in having found sleep elusive. I know I am not alone in feeling sad and worried for our shared future. I got into the work of conserving and stewarding natural lands because the outdoors was a place of refuge for me in my youth. Nature … Read More