SLT in the News

Solano Land Trust gears up to celebrate 25 years!

Date: Dec 03, 2010

Throughout 2011, Solano Land Trust will commemorate 25 years of working with the local community to protect working farms and natural areas in Solano County. This important work preserves our quality of life today and for future generations.

We are proud of what we have accomplished together. Since 1986 we have negotiated 19 agricultural conservation easements, two habitat easements, and eight open space land purchases; all adding up to 20,041 acres of protected land! These successes are due to a roster of dedicated staff, board members, farmers and ranchers, business partners, members, volunteers, and funders; all of whom share a common understanding and vision that support our mission.

Over the past 25 years, Solano Land Trust has grown and developed into one of the leading land conservation organizations in California. But that doesn't come without making complex decisions and taking measured risks. Nor does it come from the work of a handful of staff and board members alone. Getting here was a result of the combined efforts, ideas and aspirations from people like you who value the critical work we do to protect our quality of life in our community.

Thanks to our collective hard work, we have hosted tens of thousands of visitors to our lands. Hikers, mountain bikers, artists, school-children, scouting and church groups and others have explored the hills, valleys, oak woodlands, and prairie lands at Lynch Canyon, Rush Ranch, Jepson Prairie and the King-Swett Ranches. Visitors can enjoy these treasured and rare open spaces knowing that they will be protected from development forever.

Reflecting on the past helps to pave the way for the future. This is definitely not the time to slow the momentum. Looking ahead, we will be reaching out to the community to update our strategic plan, which will enable us to be even more proactive and effective at achieving our mission. Part of the success of this plan will depend on the continued, and even increased, involvement of our community of supporters including business partners, members, and volunteers. Having the ability to reach a wider audience and a new generation of farmers will be important for the sustainability of Solano Land Trust and the preservation of our local agricultural land and view corridors. We are dedicated to keeping people connected with the land and educating those who question our purpose. Twenty-five years from now we want to be able to look back and know that what we did was right for this community. We want the land to tell the story.

Help us celebrate our 25th Anniversary by bringing your friends and family out to volunteer or explore on one of our properties, or by joining us at one of the many events we have planned throughout 2011. We thank you for your support over the past 25 years and hope you will continue to work with us as we move forward.

This land is your land: Explore, play and renew!