Santa Barbara County is a special place with unmatched scenery, a remarkable diversity of plants and animals, and productive ranching and agricultural lands – all of which contribute to our economy and quality of life. County residents and landowners have been good stewards of these resources with a long history of effective land management and conservation. Yet with increasing population pressure on scarce natural resources, along with the new realities of climate change, it is critical that we develop the tools we need to better understand our landscape. We must also begin to think together about how we can address the pressures we face to create a more resilient and adaptable future for us all.
This is exactly why the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County and the Cachuma Resource Conservation District, along with other community partners, joined the Santa Barbara Foundation LEAF Initiative to develop the Santa Barbara County Conservation Blueprint. The Blueprint is the first comprehensive compilation of the natural resource and land assets in the county designed to inform conversations about the future of the region and transform how to approach conservation and development in the future.
The purpose of the Blueprint is to provide a common language and platform for publicly available data to support in depth conversations and informed decisions about the Santa Barbara County landscape.
The Interactive Atlas – Now Live!
The Atlas is an online mapping portal where community members can view, retrieve, and analyze information about land use and natural resources in Santa Barbara County. The Atlas is designed to make science-based spatial data from many sources easily accessible.
The Atlas and Report will serve as tools to inform conservation practitioners, including project sponsors, as they develop their strategic plans and conservation efforts. It will also be a valuable resource to community members as they discuss a broad range of conservation and resource management issues.
Within the Atlas you will find:
- Data and information relevant to land and resource conservation in Santa Barbara County.
- A series of five galleries for different topics relevant to the Santa Barbara geography. These galleries contain a selection of data layers representing each theme: water resources, agricultural and ranch lands, flora and fauna, climate, and recreation and tourism.
- Mapping tools to visualize and overlay the various layers within the Atlas.
- The ability to browse and search our ever-expanding GIS Data Inventory with over 200 different data layers identified.
- The ability to add groups for further collaborative data sharing and map development.