LAND TRUST PROGRAM (LTP)
The City of Redlands sparkles like a jewel set in the verdant hills and open spaces that surround it. Like a diamond depends on a stunning setting for its ultimate value, the City depends on its “setting” to make it more than “just another city”. Unlike any other city around the Inland Empire—maybe even throughout Southern California—Redlands enjoys a setting of hills, ridges, canyons, citrus groves, and river-bottom land that sets it apart from everywhere else.
These open spaces resound with the history of the peoples who have inhabited this area: the Indians, the Spanish ranchers, the mission fathers, the stage coaches, the Anglo ranchers and farmers.
The Redlands Conservancy explores economically attractive ways to preserve open space, whether agricultural or natural, as another avenue for preserving the historical and cultural heritage of the community.
The Redlands Conservancy Land Trust Program (RCLTP) preserves and enhances the agricultural, historic, and natural assets and areas in and around Redlands, and promotes through education a deeper understanding of and appreciation for open space in a community.
1. To maintain Redlands’ unique cultural and historic identity;
2. To promote cultural, heritage, and recreational tourism;
3. To preserve natural resources;
4. To invigorate the citizens with a healthful approach to living;
5. To preserve the economic benefits of open space;
6. To work through a collaborative, non-confrontational process involving landowners; local, regional, state, and federal organizations and agencies; the City or Redlands; and relevant land conservancies.
1. Partnered with City of Redlands and University of Redlands Center for Environmental Studies to consolidate and create complete data sets of open-space-related information.
2. Presented three workshops to City staff and officials and the public to increase understanding of open space issues.
3. Presented symposium on citrus preservation.
4. Acquired and placed in permanent conservation 103 acres of coastal sage-covered open space along the Santa Ana River wash.
5. In progress: Partner with City and governing agencies to help develop the Santa Ana River Trail through Redlands.
6. In progress: Develop the Teddy Banta Memorial Trail as the first link in the Emerald Necklace trail loop.
7. In progress: Develop and conduct education program to increase understanding of open space issues.
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Committee members work to:
1) educate the community about conservation issues
2) work with property owners to create a working relationship
3) raise and seek funds
4) collaborate with City of Redlands and other agencies and organizations to increase potential to preserve open land in Redlands
5) Protect water quality and availability
6) Enhance Redlands’ recreational resources
7) Preserve local citrus heritage
8) Market/promote tourist interest
9) Develop a loop of scenic roadways and multi-use trails around the City
10) Create natural open area reserves.
For information about joining or contributing to this committee,
contact the project manager, Sherli Leonard, (909) 389-7810, or