Land Trust of Santa Cruz County

Land Trust Honors Scientists

Hikers enjoy the scenery on a Star Creek Ranch Adventure day. Hilltromper photo.

The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County awards Conservationist of the Year honors to Dr. Jodi McGraw and Dr. Chris Wilmers for their work on the Highway 17 wildlife crossing and other conservation projects.

The Great White Redwood

The Great White Redwood in the Byrne-Milliron Forest outside Coralitos. Ryan Masters photo.

Ryan Masters communes with one of the few old-growth redwoods in the southern Santa Cruz Mountains.

Video: Pumas Mating in SC Mountains

Hot feline porn underscores the need for wildlife connectivity. (Yes, that's right: we're link-baiting the word "porn" to make you read about the Land Trust's $1 million campaign to build a wildlife crossing. Got a problem with that?)

Sandhills Preserve Expands

The Santa Cruz Wallflower, a member of the mustard family, is found exclusively in Sandhills Parkland, only 240 acres of which remain undeveloped. Photo by Peigi McCann.

With its latest purchase of rare Santa Cruz sandhills habitat, the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County expands the Randall Morgan Sandhills Preserve to 200 acres.

Land Trust of Santa Cruz County

The  San Vicente Redwoods (formerly Cemex Redwoods)—the biggest piece of unprotected redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains until its purchase in 2011. Photo courtesy Land Trust.

Conserving Land Since 1978 The group that got its start protecting Antonelli Pond is making its mark on some of the region’s highest-profile conservation projects—including a mountain lion crossing on Highway 17, the Coastal Rail Trail and the incomparable San Vicente Redwoods.

Bald Eagle Fledgling Makes History

A bald eagle pair nurturing their chick in North Carolina. Photo by Bill Majoros on Flickr.

Bald eagle chick marks the first successful breeding in decades within Santa Cruz County.

Meet The San Vicente Redwoods

The San Vicente Creek watershed provides critical habitat for coho salmon, rainbow trout and a variety of birds, as well as providing essential drinking water for the town of Davenport. Photo by Karl Kroeber.

Hallelujah! The Cemex property north of Santa Cruz has a new name.

Another Big Step Toward Wildlife Crossing

The big guy approves. Photo by Bas Lammers.

The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County has optioned 280 acres on the west side of Highway 17 as part of its plans for a wildlife crossing at Laurel Curve.

Star Creek Ranch Adventure

California Bush Poppies are abundant on Star Creek Ranch's sunny ridges.

Exploring the Land Trust's 1,200-acre gem in the Pajaro Hills.

Vernal Ridge Trail

Nice views at this Moore Creek Preserve, no? Hilltromper photo.

Great views without busting your arse.