Carbon Sequestration Efforts + A Trail Run, A Planting Day, and More

Carbon Sequestration Efforts Protecting the Lands You Love  In last year’s spring issue of Saving Land Magazine, Kelly Watkinson, Land and Climate Program Manager at the Land Trust Alliance, said, “Land trust work is more vital than ever, because improved conservation, restoration, and land management actions enhance the capacity of natural systems to absorb and hold carbon.” Big Sur Land … Read More

Mitteldorf Preserve Closed October 7 – Mid December

Because Williams Canyon Road is a critical access point for emergency response teams, it has been designated as a priority in the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s (Cal Fire’s) Palo Corona Fuels Reduction Project. In order for Cal Fire to complete this work, Mitteldorf Preserve will be closed from October 7th through mid December. Their hand crews will … Read More

Upcoming Opportunities to Experience the Lands You Love

A Reflection of My Time on the Board of Trustees Judy Sulsona recently finished her long tenure on our Board of Trustees. Her contributions are immeasurable and have helped shape our engagement with communities throughout Monterey County. Recently, she shared a look back at her time as a trustee. We are forever grateful for you, Judy! I had the honor … Read More

Two Cool Volunteer Opportunities!

Help Our “Stew Crew” at Mitteldorf Preserve Tuesday, August 27 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM Have a sense of adventure? Come to magnificent Mitteldorf Preserve and help with trail maintenance, decommission damaged trails, restore drainage features, remove encroaching brush, and more. We’ll provide transportation, instruction, maps, tools, safety gear, gloves, and snacks. Please bring at least two liters of water, … Read More

A First for Big Sur Land Trust!

A New Way to Care for the Lands You Love: Create a Park. Restore a Natural Floodplain. Help a Forest Recover. Right now, Big Sur Land Trust has several complex, costly and necessary priorities, including restoring the lower Carmel River floodplain, creating a new park in the heart of Salinas and repairing fire-damaged Mitteldorf Preserve. To meet these challenges, Big … Read More

Volunteer at our Carr Lake Garden + Hike at Glen Deven Ranch and Mitteldorf Preserve

A BIG Thank You to Our Mitteldorf Stewardship Crew Recent docent-led hikes at Mitteldorf Preserve have been made possible by our summer stewardship crew. Led by Ben Thayer, crew members Sean Adams, Andrew Hernandez, Alex Gonzalez, and Evan Hamilton are living on-site and spending long days removing fallen trees from roads and trails, making bridges, and restoring trails. As they … Read More


Dear Reader, Peter Forbes’ Convergence: A story of people, place and opportunity at Carr Lake looks at the beginning stages of a monumental, long-term project for Big Sur Land Trust. Peter – a respected leader working at the intersection of land, people, and communities – candidly captures diverse perspectives as we step out of our comfort zone and begin a journey with … Read More

eNews – We’re hiring! And grateful for our amazing volunteers!

We’re sending a big thank you to all volunteers who helped at our Glen Deven Ranch clean-up day! Thirteen hardworking and industrious volunteers of all ages made a huge difference at the ranch on Saturday, May 4th. They weeded. They mulched. They swept, raked, and mucked! They also did some great work (and received a little education) down at our … Read More