SEQUOIA RIVERLANDS TRUST

Serving Land and People

Visalia, CA   |  www.sequoiariverlands.org

Mission

We inspire love and lasting protection for important lands.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Logan Robertson Huecker PhD

Main address

427 S. Garden St.

Visalia, CA 93277 USA

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EIN

77-0347417

NTEE code info

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Sequoia Riverlands Trust (SRT) is a regional nonprofit land trust dedicated to strengthening California's heartland and the natural and agricultural legacy of the southern Sierra Nevada and San Joaquin Valley. The wealth, productivity and beauty of this land inspire our work to conserve it for the prosperity and enjoyment of future generations. To accomplish this, SRT engages landowners, farmers, conservationists, business partners, and governmental agencies in the counties of Tulare, Fresno, Kern and Kings to collaborate on land conservation throughout California's South Central Valley heartland.To date, Sequoia Riverlands Trust has protected more than 40,000 acres. SRT owns and manages six nature preserves that protect 4,089 acres of remnant landscapes, woodland communities and wildlife habitat.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Habitat Protection

SRT works with willing landowners on conservation easements and other forms of land protection to conserve strategic private properties in the southern Sierra Nevada characterized by their essential habitat for native species, scenic open space, agricultural productivity and/or watershed values

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Children and youth

SRT works with farmers and ranchers who are interested in bolstering their business operations while safeguarding the San Joaquin Valley’s rich agricultural productivity.

Population(s) Served
Adults

SRT offers standards-based school field trips and in-classroom presentations to elementary school groups covering life and environmental sciences, service learning opportunities for high school students, and special monthly walks and presentations for the general public.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

SRT uses the best available science to enhance and restore the southern Sierra Nevada and San Joaquin Valley to its healthiest state, and then continues monitoring and maintenance of the land to ensure its continued vitality.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups

SRT regularly engages the public in a variety of interactive and informative settings to teach the value of land conservation and to promote sustainable land use planning practices in California.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups

SRT uses the best available science to enhance and restore the southern Sierra Nevada and San Joaquin Valley to its healthiest state, and then continues monitoring and maintenance of the land to ensure its continued vitality

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups

Mitigation and restoration of Carizzo Plain lands.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups

policy

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Land Trust Accreditation Commission 2022

Affiliations & memberships

California Council of Land Trust 2022

Southern Sierra Partnership 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children who get at least 3 hours of environmental, outdoors education experiences with SRT during the school year.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, At-risk youth

Related Program

Environmental Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These figures include students who participated in in-class meetings, preserve field trips, service learning days, monthly events and walks/talks, and the EARTH Academy program

Acres of land managed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Farmers, Families, Age groups

Related Program

Land Stewardship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes SRT-owned preserves, conservation easements and lands in partnership with governmental and private organizations.

Number of landholdings, including fee lands, conservation easements, land management easement agreements, and deed restrictions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Farmers

Related Program

Land Stewardship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

OUR VISION:​
A future where productive land and healthy natural systems are protected to generate community vitality and economic prosperity.


Strategic Goals
(major headings below tie to the five components of SRT's Vision as updated for the 2016 Strategic Plan)

Functional Land Base Remains Intact

Land Management Promotes Healthy Ecosystem Function

Land Use and Water Policies Favor Conservation and Compact Growth

SRT's Programs Help People Connect with the Land and Our Mission

SRT Continues to Have a Major Conservation Impact

Functional Land Base Remains Intact:

Productive ag lands stay in ag.

Habitats for diverse life continue to be viable; AND Interconnected core habitat areas enable species to adapt to large scale environmental change; AND Scenic open spaces, from urban parks to wildlands, offer respite and beauty.

Natural areas make an important contribution to water catchment and storage.

Land Management Promotes Healthy Ecosystem Function:

SRT showcases both innovative and time-honored stewardship practices to promote healthy ecosystem function on SRT-managed preserves and habitat mitigation sites.

SRT helps grow regional knowledge and adoption of regenerative grazing management principles and methods that have yielded significant benefits in many parts of the world (including California annual grassland).

Our stewardship programs promote watershed function and improved water quality.

SRT continues to raise its standards and capacity for stewardship of SRT-held conservation easements, deed restrictions and other conservation agreements.

SRT's plant nursery grows a diverse palette of high quality, drought-tolerant plant materials for habitat enhancement, restoration (e.g., for mitigation) and urban landscaping.

Land Use and Water Policies Favor Conservation and Compact Growth:
We promote policies conducive to long-term systemic conservation of natural and working lands.

Compact, contiguous and concentric development that invests primarily in existing communities creates better opportunities for all.

Governments and businesses provide appropriate mitigation for impacts of development.

There are strong incentives for regenerative land management practices.

Agency funding priorities are favorable to conservation.

SRT's Programs Help People Connect with the Land and Our Mission:

People touched by SRT's programs learn to appreciate natural systems and the values they provide, including food security.

Engaged communities take action to protect and enhance natural systems and services.

SRT appeals to and engages with a broad demographic, encouraging inclusiveness.

SRT provides recreational access and related amenities on its preserves as much as possible within funding and staffing constraints, and as consistent with other conservation goals for the preserves.

SRT Continues to Have a Major Conservation Impact:

Collaborations and connections leverage SRT's resources for maximum conservation benefit.

Diversified funding sources and responsible financial stewardship increase SRT's financial resilience.

Well-functioning technology, physical plant and management systems make for a healthy, useful working environment.

Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices, including Indicator Practices required for accreditation, remain top-of-mind.

A strong media presence helps tell SRT's stories and create a supportive setting for SRT's conservation work.

SRT is a community-based organization that works with parents, youth and other residents. SRT collaborates with farmers, ranchers, corporations and others to conserve natural and working lands, but also connects with parents and youth through K-12 outdoor education programs, and with community residents in other contexts, such as events at SRT preserves.

This history of engagement has resulted in lasting partnerships that have informed our land use, water policy and education efforts. Some community members whose first contact with SRT was a public event at a preserve are now participants and co-leaders in our land use and water policy outreach efforts.

SRT's staff also contributes significantly to our organization successes. Many are leaders in their field, and are sought after for speaking engagements both within the state and nationally.

The organization's diverse functions - from youth education to mitigation services to climate science testing - also make SRT unique and uniquely positioned to reach our goals. Our many services and strengths also provide us with ample means of financial support, so we are not dependent on any one source for income.

SRT staff believes it's our nature to seek a sense of place and belonging. We believe it is not possible to care for what you do not understand. As educators, we play a most vital role in this respect: To educate the future leaders of our community through activating their curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom, all of which connect students to their community for a lifetime.

But creating such a system cannot be done with just one generation. Indeed, SRT's work protecting land will never be done, as the lands we own or hold easements on are to be preserved in perpetuity - in other words, forever. All SRT staff can do is create the system that will protect the land, and teach others, especially youths, about the lands' history and biological importance. Then, we hope, future generations will do the same.

So time is one barrier to our work ever being complete. Climate change has created other issues that make our work ongoing. The rare, unusual and working landscapes we aim to protect in California's Central Valley are under attack from long-lasting drought; warmer winters, often with less rain; non-native species, whether animal, insect or vegetation, that choke out the natives; and dropping groundwater levels due to greater use by agriculture and larger populations in nearby cities. These challenges are unlike any faced by environmentalists before, and mean new solutions must be found and new techniques tried for a variety of locations and species.

And these changes may eventually lead to questions we hope we never have to answer: When is it time to give up? Will there come a day when the protections and preservation of the land and its native species will require too much money, too much water, too much energy to continue the work. We can't be sure that won't happen as we still don't know what effects Climate Change will lead to.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SEQUOIA RIVERLANDS TRUST

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mike Chrisman


Board co-chair

Brian Grant

Julie Allen

California State & Tulare County Local Area Formation Commissions

Don Kaplan

Kathy Perkinson

Brian Grant

Bolthouse Farms

Mark Larsen

Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District

Rod Meade

Mike Olmos

Mike Chrisman

Larry Saslaw

Dennis Tristao

Scott Spear

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/25/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data