Because of rapid population and urban growth throughout the traditional Kumeyaay (also known as Diegueño) territory, now is a critical time to preserve sacred ancestral lands and landscapes. In 2005, the Kumeyaay Diegueño Unity Bands recognized this need, and established the Kumeyaay Diegueño Land Conservancy (KDLC). The KDLC benefitted from the support from nine of the twelve Kumeyaay Bands in the US (see below for membership details). Under the guidance of our mentor, the Native American Land Conservancy, the KDLC gained its 501(c)(3) status in July 2010. Since gaining non-profit status, the KDLC has acquired and protected sacred lands, and currently owns and manages three properties located in both San Diego County: Sacred Mountain Ranch at the base of Kuuchamaa Mountain (Tecate Peak); the Mosler Property in Julian, CA; and Sloan Canyon in the Dehesa Valley. The KDLC also works with the government agencies and other non-profits to educate everyone about the significance of traditional cultural management. Today, the KDLC is an innovative organization and one of the leaders in the Native American land trust movement.