How You Can Help
Open space -- public land, private forests, parks, ranches, farms, and other undeveloped lands -- provide a multitude of public benefits, habitat value, and functions we all need and enjoy such as water, economic prosperity, wildlife, recreation, and wildfire protection.
Placer County respects private property rights and local jurisdictions and will only work with willing landowners, communities, and partners to promote voluntary open space conservation.
If you or someone you know owns land, there may be an opportunity to contribute to the ongoing effort to preserve open space in Placer County. Let us tell you about the advantages of helping the County achieve its vision-- now and for generations to come.
To qualify for consideration for the open space program, lands must satisfy the Placer Legacy program objectives:
Maintain a viable agricultural segment of the economy;
Conserve natural features necessary for access to a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities;
Retain important scenic and historic areas;
Preserve the diversity of plant and animal communities;
Protect endangered and other special status plant and animal species;
Separate urban areas into distinct communities; and,
Ensure public safety.
To date, through a combination of innovative programs and partnerships, over 2,600 acres of property has been permanently preserved under the Placer Legacy banner. Placer County and partner conservation organizations offer many tools to preserve farmland, forests and other open space. In different circumstances, a variety of methods can be used to accomplish land protection goals. Click here for additional information on land preservation techniques.
CA Department of Conservation
Placer County Water Agency
CA Department of Fish and Game
Placer Land Trust
CA Resources Agency
CA State Parks
Sierra Business Council
CA Water Resources Control Board
California Wildlife Foundation
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Central Valley Joint Venture
Truckee Donner Land Trust
Trust for Public Land
Emigrant Greenway Trust
United Auburn Indian Community
Foothill Farmers Markets
US Bureau of Reclamation
Granite Bay Flycasters
US Environmental Protection Agency
Land Trust Alliance
US Fish and Wildlife Service
The Nature Conservancy
Nevada Irrigation District
Wildlife Conservation Board
Placer Legacy Donations – How to Help
- Make a tax-deductible financial contribution to Placer Legacy - or help by being an advocate in the community.
If you own property and wish to continue ownership, consider a conservation easement which may result in reduced property taxes.
If you own property and wish to transfer the deed, consider an outright donation or bargain sale.
You can improve the natural quality of your own property by restoring natural habitat and planting native plants and trees.
For questions regarding the Placer Legacy Program, contact:
Christopher Schmidt, Senior Planner