A non-profit land trust organization

Specializing in the responsible stewardship of lands preserved in the urban matrix

California Open Lands has specialized in the management challenges and ecological benefits of holding easements that have been created as an outcome of the regulatory process.  These are often small and within an urban matrix and thus present unique management challenges.  Oftentimes, larger land trusts will not handle these smaller parcels.  With our specialized experience, we are able to evaluate the benefits of preserving these smaller acreages.  Protecting these parcels often results in connection between larger tracts of open space allowing the movement and migration of birds and animals and providing a connection between populations of species which may otherwise have become isolated.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 1st  9:00-10:30 A.M.
Join local botanist Elena Gregg and Preserve Manager Holly Nielsen at a vernal pool preserve within the city limits...Chico’s hidden gem! This is a family friendly morning outing during which all will have the opportunity to get close to the ground to view the ephemeral grace of the “fairy rings” which form these concentric natural gardens. Their beauty cannot be appreciated as you drive by on your way to somewhere, so take the morning to get to know your local open space and its treasures!

Meet at Park & Ride west lot and be ready to leave at 8:45 am. We will car pool to the reserve gate. Alternatively, meet at Preserve gates on Humboldt just past Marsh Jr. High.


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A Conservation Easement permanently limits certain uses of the land and defines the allowable uses and any management and monitoring requirements for the parcel.  Easements may be required as part of the regulatory process in order to protect conservation values, or they may be voluntarily placed on parcels chosen for their ecological importance.  A landowner can use an Easement to protect the desired characteristics and uses of the property.  Easements allow landowners to continue to own and use their land as defined within, and they can also sell it or pass it on to heirs.  The values protected under a Conservation Easement “run with the land” and therefore exist in perpetuity.