Beyond the classrooms, labs, offices, housing, and commercial leases of the main campus lie Stanford's undeveloped lands. These lands include two conservation easements and a rich diversity of increasingly rare native species. California tiger salamanders, California red-legged frogs, western burrowing owls, western pond turtles, steelhead trout, and an intergrade form of San Francisco gartersnake all live on lands owned by Stanford. These animals alongside many others and over 1000 species of plants thrive among oak woodlands, grasslands, chaparral and scrub, and riparian woodlands.
The lands owned by Stanford have a complex history of human use, and the Conservation Program strives to seek a sustainable balance between human use and activity and biological conservation. The Stanford Conservation Program manages and restores ecosystems within permanent conservation easements on these lands. We also advise and collaborate on land use management across all Stanford-owned lands.
Biological conservation is not something we can do alone. We rely on collaboration with Stanford staff, students, faculty, and community members. Please explore our website further to learn more about who we are, what we do, who we work with, and how you can help!