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
Gay Ver Steeg
Mary Becker Wells
Four Creeks Chapter
Dick Dooley (1925-2019)
Alan George (1924-2019)