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Sequoia Riverlands Trust 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.

Sequoia Riverlands Trust's Story

For nearly three decades, dedicated citizens from our local community have committed their time, skills, energy and financial resources to conserve the scenic beauty and quality of life in our Central California Sierra foothill, river and San Joaquin Valley floor landscapes. SRT's beginnings can be traced back to three organizations in the Visalia, Three Rivers, and Springville areas. The three worked separately, but had similar visions for conservation based on respect for people, the economy, agricultural resources, wildlife habitat, and the enjoyment of nature.

Our precursor organization, the Sierra Los Tulares Land Trust, was established in November 2000 following a consensus decision to merge those three groups: the Four Creeks, Kaweah and Tule Oaks land trusts.

Merging the three land trusts strengthened the organization by combining expertise and talented individuals from throughout the county. SRT has expanded over the years and now works in seven counties throughout the San Joaquin Valley and the southern Sierra Nevada. Our focus remains on the watersheds of the Kings, Kaweah, Tule and Kern Rivers, as well as in the Tulare Lake Basin. We are actively working and conserving land in Fresno, Tulare, Kings, and Kern Counties, as well as in the Carrizo Plain of western Kern County and eastern San Luis Obispo counties. Our work also extends to Los Angeles and Inyo Counties.

We would like to recognize the contributions and leadership of the following visionary individuals from each of the original chapters, for they began Tulare County's land trust and conservation movement:

Tule Oaks Chapter

Gary Adest
Barbara Brydolf
Billie Chandler
Robert Krase
Carol Manning
Terry Manning
Elli Norris
Joan Stewart
Gay Ver Steeg
Elizabeth Wilcox

Kaweah Chapter

Gordon Bergthold
Howard Blielie
Carole Combs
Susan Darsey
Garry Kenwood
Rick Kimble
Caroline Loeb
George Loeb
Annette MacGregor
Kathleen McCleary
Stan Pavlou
Jean Replogle
Trudy Schuckert
James Seligman
Elizabeth Scott-Graham
Bill Tidwell
Bill Tweed
Jim Wells
Mary Becker Wells
Elizabeth Wilcox

Four Creeks Chapter

Greg Collins
Dan Dooley
Dick Dooley (1925-2019)
Do Dooley
Carole Frate
Alan George (1924-2019)
Rob Hansen
Bill Hobbs
Jim Kautz
Nancy Jenner
Greg Kirkpatrick
Irene Lindsay
Mike Lozito
Brian Newton
Susan Silva-Treadwell
John Slaven
Scott Spear
Ginger Strong
Jose Velesco
Ernie Vierra
Richard Webb
Jeanne Wheaton