How We Work

How We Work

Metal2Petal, as its name implies, takes cars as donations, especially older vehicles, and resells them or recycles them. The proceeds from those sales are then put toward purchasing critical open spaces that are in danger of being developed. We strive to see that urban sprawl is replaced with carefully managed conservation. This will allow our grandchildren - and their grandchildren's grandchildren to enjoy the same outdoor activities and quality of life that we have enjoyed. Once an area is developed, it is very difficult to restore it to its native condition. By being proactive and thoughtful stewards of our natural resources, we can hand off the amazing environment that we have been blessed with, to the next generations - knowing we did our best.

Metal2Petal is a member-supported non-profit organization that permanently protects open spaces by purchasing critical tracts of land outright and maintains - or restores them to their natural condition. Also, we offer current land and ranch owners the ability to participate in our conservation easement program. This conservation easement allows land owners the ability to continue to own their open spaces and ranches - in markets where it would be otherwise unaffordable to do so. We do this by offering to purchase an easement over the property. The easement provides that no development, or strictly limited development of the land may occur. This restriction remains in place and enforceable in perpetuity. In turn, the funds that we raise to "purchase" the easement are given to the landowner. This allows them to continue to own and operate their ranch, farm or open space. The conservation easement has become a widely used legal strategy for preserving our open spaces and critical habitat.

As part of our outreach program, we will partner with a number of important entities, both public and private, to ensure that the goals of our fund are being met - and to help likeminded entities with the success of their programs. We hope to encourage our land owners to allow outreach and education programs to access their properties. Having a new generation of people that come to love our open spaces will be an important means of seeing that our efforts continue.

Our principle means of raising funds is the donation of cars, boats, recreational vehicles and real property. We then resell or recycle these items to benefit our programs. We also seek out grants, and both public and private donations to strengthen our ability to put additional lands under protected status.