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An Update on the Alisal Fire and Arroyo Hondo Preserve

The last two years have been full of unexpected challenges, for the Land Trust, for our state, and for the wider world. During the week of October 10th, 2021, the Alisal Fire burned more than 17,000 acres along the Gaviota Coast and the Santa Ynez Mountains in the Los Padres National Forest. Unfortunately, the Alisal…

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Dog Days of Summer

The Land Trust conserves land and natural resources forever, with lots of places you and your best friend can visit. Recently, we asked you to share photos of your favorite conservation-minded canines enjoying favorite places and you delivered! We received photos of happy-go-lucky dogs at the beach, on the trail, and enjoying their view from…

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Choose Your Own Adventure in Santa Barbara County

From the hills and valleys of North County to the salty Gaviota Coast and the orchards and beaches of Carpinteria, Santa Barbara County land nourishes both wild and human communities. With plenty of places to explore, our map has a few itineraries to inspire your next road trip! *Map illustration and design by Leslie Lewis…

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In the News: Land Trust Treks

Land Trust Treks have been a fun and successful way to meet new people and enjoy the many parks, trails, and open spaces throughout Santa Barbara County. Learn more and register for a free trek here and read about the Mother’s Day Trek in Carpinteria as reported in the Coastal View News  story on page…

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Year End Campaign Success— Thank YOU!

Thanks to the 482 people who gave to our campaign— we did it! The Land Trust is grateful for your continued support and for helping us reach our $400k year-end fundraising goal. Your generosity is funding land conservation successes in 2021.

As the end of 2020 neared, the Land Trust set a goal of $400,000 to fund our work on more than 10 conservation easements with the potential to protect up to 15,000 acres over the next eight months— and provide more space and opportunities to create the stories that connect us to the land and to each other.

These connections also inspired our recent short film, Stories of the Land, a collection of vibrant stories told by a few of the remarkable neighbors, farmers, teachers, and families we know, illustrating the powerful and diverse ways your support for the Land Trust brings conservation to life.

We couldn’t do this important work without you, thank you for your continued support and for making a difference that lasts more than a lifetime.

If you didn’t have a chance to donate to the campaign, give today— consider becoming a member or making your donation monthly. It’s not too late to support land conservation and to ensure that wild and working lands are here for you and future generations forever.


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Rincon Bluffs Preserve Progress in the News

On November 9, the Carpinteria City Council reviewed and voted to approve a proposal to draft a site plan for the Rincon Bluffs property. These plans are the first step towards being able to apply for a Coastal Development Permit, which is required for all new developments in Carpinteria and the coastal zone—including trails and larger-scale restoration work.

Consistent with the community’s wishes, the Rincon Bluffs vision calls for passive recreational use. Initial improvements to the preserve will include:

  • Construction of a small unpaved public parking lot
  • Building public restroom
  • 3,500 linear feet of improved trails
  • Installation of an information kiosk and donor marker
  • 2.5 acres of native plant restoration 

Once the design phase is complete—hopefully by summer 2021—we will begin the permitting process. It’s an intricate and important process, which can take a number of months and includes environmental and public review. We hope to complete the improvements outlined in the proposal by summer 2025.

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Help shape our county’s future.

Iconic views, locally grown food, fresh water, clean air, recreation access, thriving wildlife habitat—it’s all here in Santa Barbara County and when you give to the Land Trust, you invest in the protection of the places you love.