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Welcome to California's North Coast

With free-flowing rivers, rugged mountain ranges, and rural towns surrounded by open ranges, dairy farms, redwood forests, wild salmon runs and cackling geese, the North Coast region is considered one of the last best places on the planet.

The Northcoast Regional Land Trust is a nonprofit organization with a focus of protecting land and water on nearly five million acres on California’s North Coast encompassing Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity Counties. Find out more About us.

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15,000 Acres Protected!


Charles Mountain Ranch                                                       Chalk Mountain Ranch

Fifteen thousand more acres of ranchlands have been protected through a regional conservation easement initiative.  Two local ranch families, the Barnwells of Chalk Mountain Ranch and the Pricer-Fearriens of Charles Mountain Ranch finalized conservation easement projects protecting their ranches from subdivision and development, forever. These participating ranches exemplify how the protection of fish and wildlife habitat can coexist with ranching and sustainable timber management. To date, over 25,000 acres including seven working ranches in Humboldt and Trinity Counties have participated in these working forest conservation easements.

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Ways to Give


5 ways to help    |    Leave a Legacy (Bequests, Gifts of Stock , etc.)    |    Steward’s Circle (Monthly Giving)

Why should I become a member of the Land Trust?
With past support from people like you, the Land Trust has protected thousands of acres of important coastal and rural lands – special places forever conserved – on which children can play, farmers can cultivate, wildlife can survive, and you can enjoy. But we can’t keep working without your support. Membership donations are vital to our success.

By joining with our other members, you can directly help conserve the North Coast’s unique natural lands and working farms and ranches.

Benefits of membership
• Invitations to events, land dedications, art shows, classes and educational hikes.
• Discounts to Land Trust hikes and events.
• A subscription to our newsletter.

If I join, where does my money go?
The Land Trust spends an average of less than 10% of our annual budget on operations – rent, office equipment, insurance, fundraising, and salaries of our small staff. This means about 90% of grants and contributions we receive go directly to acquire and care for land and conservation easements!


To learn more about planned giving, gifts of stock and other creative ways to help, please visit our Leave a Legacy page!

NRLT Pursues National Accreditation

The Northcoast Regional Land Trust (NRLT) is pleased to announce that it is applying for accreditation, which would make the organization the first land trust on the North Coast to earn this distinction. Accreditation provides special recognition of land trusts that are engaged in the long-term protection of land in the public interest by holding accredited organizations accountable to certain standards of good practice.
 The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. “When your work involves protecting natural spaces and working lands forever, it is critical that your organization also be capable of lasting forever,” notes NRLT Board member Rees Hughes. “The accreditation process is one way of helping to ensure that NRLT is strong organizationally and solid financially”.
The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments regarding candidates for accreditation. Comments must relate to how NRLT complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust.  For the full list of standards see
To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit  Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn.: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3138; (mail) 112 Spring Street, Suite 204, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.  Comments on the Northcoast Regional Land Trust’s application will be most useful if received by October 28.

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