Big Sur Land Trust’s mission is to inspire love of land across generations, conservation of our unique Monterey County landscapes, and access to outdoor experiences for all.
The Big Idea
As the recent River Fire began burning in Toro Park, Big Sur Land Trust’s Marks Ranch property stood ready to serve as a staging area for firefighting efforts. The organization’s commitment to outstanding land management practices paid off, just like during the Soberanes Fire. This victory for the community was not without damage—the Marks Ranch backcountry burned significantly, including the peaceful meadows of the Brown Overlook trail and hilltop. The water infrastructure was destroyed, and the back of the hacienda garden and perimeter wall were scarred. Funds will go to helping Marks Ranch recover so it can again serve hikers, youth programs and community events.
Our family has treasured the hikes we have done on Big Sur Land Trust’s trails. We have enjoyed seeing plants and animals that we have rarely, and sometimes never, seen before on the many other hikes we have done in Monterey County. We appreciate the staff of Big Sur Land Trust helping us, including our 3-year-old daughter, to learn more about our natural surroundings. We value the many gifts natural spaces, like those owned by Big Sur Land Trust, provide, such as fresh clean air, sounds of rivers flowing and birds singing, opportunities to explore and learn, and places to build meaningful memories with our family.
- Meg Masquelier