The Golden State Land Conservancy (GSLC) is a statewide California land trust incorporated in 1999. Since its inception, it has been a member of the Land Trust Alliance and adheres to its Standards and Practices. This year, GSLC is applying for accreditation with the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

GSLC’s distinctive philosophy is to approach conservation pragmatically. Our focus is on the landowner’s vision for their land—to work with them to bring about the best, most cost-effective, and sustainable conservation outcomes. GSLC espouses no ideological agenda. We simply wish to help landowners conserve their property for the future, by meeting regulatory and professional requirements in a common sense, practical way. Our philosophy has resonated with many satisfied landowners throughout California, with 57 conservation easements (donated or required by public agencies) covering over 35,000 acres throughout the State of California.

GSLC’s mission is to promote and secure land conservation by developing flexible relationships with landowners to achieve real and tangible conservation objectives. In other words, we balance the needs and desires of the landowner with the legal requirements of a real and permanent conservation outcome.

The primary goal of the land trust is to assist a landowner in translating their conservation objectives and requirements into an outcome, like a conservation easement, which will then protect sustainable and natural resources while meeting regulatory and professional requirements. Easements protect conservation values of the land and must also meet accepted requirements of national and state land trust associations.

GSLC is a California non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation.