The Northern Region Council (NRC) of land trusts encompasses Del Norte, Siskiyou, Humboldt, Mendocino, Sonoma, Lake and Trinity Counties, covering approximately 10.4 million acres; eight river basins that flow to the Pacific Ocean; the Cascade, Klamath and Coast Ranges; and habitats ranging from coastal dune systems, redwood forests to ponderosa pine, oak woodlands, chaparral, annual grasslands, alpine forests, dormant volcanoes, and glaciers. The region's boundaries were designated by the California Council of Land Trusts.
Values that guide the work of the Council include the survival and diversity of species, the resilience and vitality of communities, and the sustainability of working lands. The top conservation priorities of member organizations include:
- Intact forests and forested watersheds.
- Rivers and streams and salmon.
- Natural areas and view sheds surroundingcommunities of people.
- Unique habitats that sustain biodiversity.
- Water quality.
- Wetlands, especially estuaries.
- Working lands.
- Shorelines and coastal areas.
- Trails connecting people to the land.
By working together, the NRC envisions expanded opportunities for regional land conservation by developing:
- A unified voice for conservation which will promote statewide attention to the region and its issues.
- Policy development and conservation funding opportunities directed to the region.
- Effective communication among land trusts in the region that facilitates shared opportunities, reduces duplication of services.
- Increased opportunities for collaborative projects with public agency and conservation organization partners as result of effective outreach and communication.
- Coordinated training and technical support.