The Orange County Land Trust, accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission in 2013, has helped protect nearly 6,000 acres of land through the negotiation of conservation agreements with private land owners, property donations, and the acquisition of private property.
The acreage is comprised of unique meadows, fertile farmlands, stream corridors, wetlands, forests and recreational acres. Many of the properties are open to the public, while others remain private properties with agreements that preclude future development.
Of the properties and preserves open to the public, the land trust organizes frequent hiking and birding activities and has partnered with children and youth organizations in providing educational, conservation-based nature programs.
photo by Nick Zungoli