The California Council of Land Trusts’ mission is to build a statewide land trust community equal to the challenge and privilege of conserving our extraordinary land and water resources for all Californians. We serve as a unified voice for more than 150 land trusts working throughout California.
To advance our mission and vision for California, we rely upon the following six key strategies. Each strategy has a set of goals and priorities as explored in our A Vision and Strategy for the California Council of Land Trusts.
A. Leadership. CCLT is a statewide thought-leader and the voice for California land trusts and conservation.
B. Policy. CCLT advances a pro-active public policy agenda to ensure strong laws and policies for conserving land and supporting land trust operations.
C. Funding. CCLT creates and sustains financial resources to meet the diversity of land conservation needs.
D. Communications. CCLT assures communication within land trust community and increases visibility and support for land trusts and land conservation.
E. Education. CCLT provides tools and leadership to build highly knowledgeable, effective and resilient land trusts to conserve and steward California’s important land resources.
Membership. Four types of membership are available in CCLT: land trust, public agency associate, professional/corporate, and individual. We depend upon the support and participation of our members. They have the opportunity to participate in special briefings, programs, and activities as well as receive services. Land trusts must meet specific qualifications for membership.
Programs and Activities. CCLT has three key programs: Governmental Relations, Communications and Education. Click on a program name to learn more. We organize the annual California Land Conservation Conference and a variety of regional meetings and trainings. We publish news and other information for land trusts, agencies, professionals and others interested conservation. We advocate for funding and strong laws for land and water conservation. We advise foundations and professionals. We support Affinity Groups that each work in different areas of professional concern for conservation.
History. In 2003, land trusts undertook an 18-month process of regional and statewide discussions, needs assessments, and research to consider how it could organize to address shared goals and needs. It was guided by a steering committee comprised of land trust staff and board members drawn from throughout the state and staffed by Darla Guenzler from the Bay Area Open Space Council. The land trust community decided to form CCLT in June 2004 and it was launched in January 2005.
Legal Structure. CCLT is a public benefit corporation organized under the laws of California and is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Our annual IRS 990 filing is available upon request.