Youth Campers’ “Marks Ranch to Martin Dunes” Experience and more

Recently, day-campers from The Epicenter in Salinas participated in Big Sur Land Trust’s first “Marks Ranch to Martin Dunes” experience. Corinne Calhoun, BSLT’s Youth Outdoor Programs Manager explains, “We started out on a crisp, clear morning at the Marks Ranch Hacienda in Salinas and ended the day at Martin Dunes in Marina. At the ranch we discussed, ‘What makes us/where … Read More

Monterey County Gives! for the Lands You Love

We are so grateful to be part of the Monterey County Gives! Campaign and we are calling on you to stand up for the lands you love throughout Monterey County. From Marina to Greenfield, Salinas to Big Sur and beyond, you can help us protect more lands, restore more habitats, and share the joy of open space with more people. … Read More

Virtual Video Tour of Carr Lake + Lots More To Do

Sit back and relax for a few minutes while Rachel Saunders, Big Sur Land Trust’s Director of Conservation, takes you on a virtual video tour of our Carr Lake site in Salinas. You’ll hear about the history and features of the property as well as how we are working with the community on ideas for a park in the center … Read More

Virtual Video Tour of Carr Lake

Sit back and relax for a few minutes while Rachel Saunders, Big Sur Land Trust’s Director of Conservation, takes you on a virtual video tour of our Carr Lake site. You’ll hear about the history and features of the property as well as how we are working with the community on ideas for a park in the center of Salinas. … Read More

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