Our Mission

Protecting the natural and cultural resources of the Santa Monica Mountains.

About Us

Dedicated to preserving the natural and cultural resources of the Santa Monica Mountains through habitat restoration, education, land acquisition, and conservation easements

Based in Calabasas, Mountains Restoration Trust (MRT) is a non-governmental, non-profit/public benefit organization that is dedicated to preserving the natural and cultural resources of the Santa Monica Mountains through habitat restoration, education, land acquisition, and conservation easements.

We are guided by a board of directors, operated by a professional staff, and supported by thousands of donors, community members, and volunteers.  Our work is mainly funded by public conservation funding and partially by generous private donations.

MRT works in cooperation with the many government agencies and non-governmental organizations in the Santa Monica Mountains to create a more sustainable approach to maintaining the mountains for people to enjoy for many generations to come.

The Challenge: Through our different programs, we help people understand that the health of the environment directly impacts the health of its inhabitants. Stewardship of our natural resources means to be in harmony, not in competition with the natural resources of the land. What we do today needs to take into consideration the generations to come.

Mountains Restoration Trust, California Public Benefit Nonprofit organization, is recognized as a 501(c)(3), 509(a)(1) and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) organization by the IRS.

MRT is a proud member of the California Council of Land Trusts and the Land Trust Alliance.

What is a land trust?

Land trusts work with private landowners, the public, and Government agencies to conserve natural areas, parks, and farmlands for many public benefits. They are able to acquire lands, set up voluntary land protection agreements with willing landowners, and mediate land trades between landowners and public agencies. Land trusts have existed for over 100 years and more than 1,700 are operating in the United States.  These land trusts now conserve more than 50 million acres of land including scenic areas, hiking trails, critical wildlife habitats, farms, ranches, and historic landmarks.  They are funded mainly by charitable donations and private and government grants.  Most land trusts operate locally, providing crucial land-use tools for property owners and citizens concerned with conservation on private lands.

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