Preserving Our Land

Conserving Our Land

These 20,000 acres were always family-owned.


These 31 square miles of oak woodlands, savannas, grasslands, wetlands, redwood forests and stands of Monterey pine rise from 100 to 3,000 feet above sea level. They hold 54 distinct habitats virtually hidden from outside view by the surrounding ridges of the Santa Lucia Range, which plunges into the sea at Big Sur.  From the 1770s, when Carmel Mission cattle grazed here, until the final decade of the 20th century, these 20,000 acres were always family-owned and escaped development despite their proximity to Carmel and Pebble Beach and a sunnier, warmer climate. 1,500 years ago that temperate weather, along with sheltering mountains that hold back wind and fog and provide abundant water and wildlife, drew native
Preserving Our Land - Conservation Land Community Carmel, Conservation Land Community Monterey Peninsula
Californians to establish the village of Echilat that thrived on The Preserve from around 500 AD until the early 1800s. Learn more about our approach to thoughtfully living on the land below.

The Conservancy

Protecting the Preserve lands in perpetuity.

The Land Plan

Our 300 owner-families made a commitment to share and protect our 20,000 acres of private land.