Public involvement is essential to preserve the natural and cultural resources cherished by the communities WRLT serves. Properties that preserve cultural resources and tell a story about our past or have a potential to educate people and help to build an ethic of stewardship in our community, are emphasized. Working lands are the economic backbone of our communities. They support natural resource-dependent industries like tourism, sustainable forestry, fishing, foraging, outdoor recreation – all of which contribute to making conservation of open spaces and rural settings essential to our quality of life. Preserving family ranches, farms and forests, sustains the rural way of life that our communities cherish. The Land Trust strives to include diverse perspectives in our work by reaching out to the communities we serve to ensure we are doing work that is of value to them.