In 2011 the Placer Land Trust, a nonprofit charitable organization, renewed its commitment to Placer County and future generations with the establishment of the Natural Wonders Forever Endowment Fund at Placer Community Foundation.
Twenty years earlier, in 1991, a handful of community leaders felt that the rapid development in Placer County needed to be balanced with the protection of its rural beauty. These visionaries launched the Placer Land Trust, which today has worked with willing landowners to permanently preserve over 7,000 acres of land across Placer County – including critical natural resources, healthy watersheds, scenic and recreation lands, and working farms and ranches.
Placer Land Trust was accredited by the National Land Trust Accreditation Commission in 2008, and in 2010, completed its largest project ever, the acquisition of the 1,773-acre Bruin Ranch on the Bear River. More importantly, today Placer Land Trust is a sustainable organization, with five staff, dozens of volunteers, 500 contributing members, and the fiscal health to fund its ongoing obligation to manage and steward our region’s protected lands forever.
“When you contribute through the Natural Wonders Forever fund, you become part of a community effort to protect our rural heritage and quality of life,” states Jeff Darlington, Executive Director for Placer Land Trust. “This endowment fund will grow over time with investments from the trust and from community members, and will be a secure and sustainable source of annual earnings to support the permanent protection of our natural and agricultural lands for future generations.”
Please be unwavering in your support of a vibrant community with unparalleled natural, social and economic health. Please be a champion of our natural wonders, forever.
An endowed fund at Placer Community Foundation works by investing the principal of the gift—using only the interest to make grants in your community. The result is a gift that continues to grow and strengthen the work of organizations like Placer Land Trust for many, many years to come.