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Nov 12 - Dec 31, 2020

Big Sur Land Trust


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

Big Sur Land Trust aims to protect more lands, restore more habitats and share the joy of open space with more people. They hope to continue working on priorities such as transforming a 73-acre site at Carr Lake in Salinas into a spectacular public park for a community in great need of open space; repairing damage from the Soberanes Fire at Mitteldorf Preserve in Carmel Valley; creating a mosaic of habitats and new trails along the lower Carmel River to help save communities from flooding during storms; and advancing conservation opportunities for spectacular, unprotected properties in Monterey County.

The coastal dunes ecosystem is critical to the Monterey Bay. In a lot of cases, the species here are only found here: snowy plovers on the beach, and dozens of other bird species nesting and migrating through. Because of Big Sur Land Trust’s conservation and stewardship efforts, Martin Dunes in Marina is certainly one of the most intact native dunes systems in California.

- Christopher Caris

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.

The 2020 Campaign begins November 12.