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Amah Mutsun Land Trust

Organization Mission

Conserve and restore Indigenous cultural and natural resources within the traditional territories of Indigenous Mutsun and Awaswas peoples.

Steward our lands and waters, combining traditional resource and environmental management with contemporary approaches — ensuring a resilient future for all inhabitants of Popeloutchom and fulfilling our obligation to Creator.

Research and teach the ways of nature, returning to the path of traditional ecological knowledge that our ancestors followed for thousands of years.

The Big Idea 2024:
Amah Mutsun Land Trust
Healing Mother Earth

We are the only Tribe in Santa Cruz County that provides Indigenous leadership in conservation through research and education, conservation and restoration, and on-the-ground Indigenous stewardship.

The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band founded the land trust, and has programs in native plant restoration, ocean and coastal stewardship, cultural burning, and sacred lands protection. We train and employ young adult Tribal members to implement our work via our Native Stewardship Corps. Your donation helps to heal a brutal history of colonization, supports Indigenous sovereignty, and results in healthier and more resilient ecosystems in Santa Cruz County and beyond.

We engage approximately 200 members of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and approximately 500 residents of Santa Cruz County annually. We collaborate with agencies and institutions on projects at the UCSC Arboretum, the MAH, Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument, Wilder Ranch State Park, Soquel Demonstration Forest, San Vicente Redwoods and more.

I am greatly moved by Amah Mutsun Land Trust's work to restore our watersheds with native plants and connect youth to land stewardship in our area. Thank you for your visionary and healing work.

Jen A., Aptos