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In 1985, the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County was formed when the Santa Ynez Valley Land Trust and Carpinteria Valley Land Trust combined to serve the entire county.

Today, the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County has helped to preserve nearly 22,000 acres of natural resource and agricultural land, including the Arroyo Hondo Preserve, Sedgwick Reserve, Carpinteria Bluffs, Coronado Butterfly Preserve, Point Sal, Carpinteria Salt Marsh and several ranches on the Gaviota Coast.

Young Crane School artists at Arroyo Hondo PreserveThe Land Trust works to preserve and enhance our county’s natural open spaces and agricultural heritage for to present and future generations. The Land Trust:

• Acquires and protects land with natural, agricultural, scenic, recreational and/or historical significance    through fair market transactions.

• Shares our knowledge of land conservation strategies with local landowners, planners, public agencies and other conservation organizations.

• Facilitates private conservation of agricultural lands.

• Educates the community through field trips with experts in ecology, agriculture and the arts.

The Land Trust is a sponsoring member of the national Land Trust Alliance (LTA), and has adopted policies, based on the model LTA Standards & Practices, governing land project selection, due diligence, monitoring and stewardship, ethical fundraising, financial and asset management, and conflict of interest.

View our audited financial statements.

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