Sunset Ranch is a piece of the larger puzzle to “keep the country country” on the North Shore of O‘ahu. In 2010 The Trust for Public Land facilitated a conservation easement over the property, now held and monitored by the North Shore Community Land Trust. By dedicating his family’s land to agricultural and ranch purposes in perpetuity, Sunset Ranch’s owner, Greg Pietsch, continued a generations-long tradition of horse ranching and a rural lifestyle still treasured in the North Shore.
Sunset Ranch hosts Boy and Girl Scouts for merit badges, Wounded Warrior horse therapy, a nursery area for nearby Waimea Valley/Hi‘ipaka LLC, and HUGs native tree planting in honor of keiki who have experienced life-threatening illnesses and passed away. The Ranch is located in between two prior conservation projects led by The Trust for Public Land – Waimea Valley (2006) and Pūpūkea-Paumalū (2007) – and is next to the trailhead of a popular hiking trail.