El Río Reyes Conservation Trust is a regional California land trust whose mission is to safeguard the Kings River and its lands for future generations. The Trust believes the best way to accomplish this task is to conserve open space and riparian habitat and provide means to ensure the viability of the farms and ranches surrounding the river. The tool we use is an agricultural conservation easement. (link)
As members of the California Council of Land Trusts El Rio Reyes adheres to best management practices for land trusts and the conservation of privately owned lands. We work with uncompromising ethics in regard to protection and conservation of the Kings River landscape.
The Trust's main area of interest on the Kings River is from Pine Flat Dam at Piedra to the Empire Weir No. 2 near Stratford, California — a total of approximately 81 miles. The Trust works closely with landowners and other interested parties and stakeholders, and with government agencies to minimize the impacts of housing developments and mining activities on Kings River lands.
The Trust also endeavors to assist local residents and landowners in enhancing the environmental and economic benefits attached to the well being of the river and its agricultural lands. Along with its own resources, El Río Reyes Conservation Trust draws on the expertise of other conservation organizations and other individuals to assist it in the furtherance of its mission.
- Act in accordance with the highest standards for land trusts.
- Uncompromising ethics in regard to protection and conservation of the Kings River landscape.
- Value relationships and exceptional degree of trust among landowners.
- Hold private landowner stewardship among the most important aspect of land conservation.
El Rio Reyes Conservation Trust works with individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations, and agency partners to accomplish its mission by providing stewardship in the sustainability of the natural environment, agricultural lands, and the community of the open and thriving landscape along the Kings River.
The Trust endeavors to maintain the continuity of the landscape – culturally, aesthetically, and biologically.
To accomplish our mission we work to conserve e agricultural and riparian habitat through voluntary conservation easements that ensure the viability of the farms and ranches surrounding the river.