Williams Ranch, Santa Ynez Valley
In the 1980s and 90s, the late Walter Thomson granted some of the earliest conservation easements in Santa Barbara County. Easements now held by the Land Trust for Santa Barbara protect three adjacent Santa Ynez Valley ranches covering 1440 acres of land at the entry to scenic Happy Canyon. The Williams Ranch is 100 acres of land, featuring hilly coastal sage scrub, pine and oak woodland. Next door is the Great Oak Ranch, which stretches to the north shore of Cachuma Lake and is owned by Mr. Thomson’s grandchildren. Together the three Land Trust conservation easements ensure permanent protection of ranching, farming and wildlife habitat in one of the prettiest valleys to be found.