The Habitat Trust

Giving Nature Sanctuary through acceptance of monetary contributions, land donations in fee title with endowments, including acquisition and management of vital habitat lands and waters.

The Habitat Trust  is a qualified charity and federal 501c3 recognized land trust . Tax ID # 04-3637770 .  We are a proud member of the Land Trust Alliance and have adopted their Standards and Practices for land trusts throughout the United States.

The Habitat Trust was founded in October 2000 as a means to accept land in fee title with an endowment as a result of a legal settlement agreement between Spirit of the Sage Council and SunCal's "University/Rancho Etiwanda" development project. SunCal agreed to provide an additional 135-acres, but there were no local private land trusts in that region of San Bernardino, CA to take on the responsibility of caring for the land. Thus, the Habitat Trust was created - Giving Nature Sanctuary.

Our focus is on conserving rare species and globally imperiled habitats that are also identified as "Biodiversity Hotspots." The Habitat Trust has chosen to create "Nature Sanctuaries" rather than "Reserves" or "Preserves." We believe that the word "sanctuary" more accurately describes the premise of our organization. Just as a person enters a church or temple, we feel that the same respect should be given when entering a Nature Sanctuary. The lands that The Habitat Trust acquire and manage are not "reserved" or "preserved" for people, but are primarily protected for Nature and the biotic or aquatic processes for plants and animals. No motorized recreational vehicles, horses or domesticated animals are permitted on THT Nature Sanctuaries. However, scientists, students and the general public may visit upon request and/or providing the Board of Directors with a proposal of their study and receiving approval.

Southeast Office -
439 Westwood SC
Fayetteville, NC 28314
(910) 947-5091

Contact The Habitat Trust

Doug Doepke
President & Acting Executive Director
30 North Raymond Avenue
Suite 303
Pasadena, California  91103-4401
Phone: (626) 676-4116
Fax: (626) 744-9931


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • California
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina

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