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Santa Lucia Conservancy

26700 Rancho San Carlos Rd.

Carmel, California 93923

Tel: (831) 626.8595

Fax: (831) 626.8522

 

About Us

The permanently protected lands administered by the Santa Lucia Conservancy are located within a residential community known as the Santa Lucia Preserve. Created in the early 1990's, the Preserve's development design permanently protected 18,000 acres of the 20,000 acre "Rancho San Carlos" to ensure its ecological, scenic, and scientific values are sustained. During the design process, the Conservancy was created and endowed to provide an independent organization to manage, defend, and study the protected lands in perpetuity for the public good. The Conservancy owns approximately 10,350 acres (the "Wildlands") and holds conservation easements on an additional 7,650 acres (the "Openlands") within the Preserve. These lands support an exceptional diversity of plant and animal species associated with redwood forests, oak woodlands and savannas, grasslands and coastal prairie, and streams and wetlands, including many that occur few other places in the world.The Santa Lucia Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit land trust incorporated in 1995 to conserve the ecological integrity of over 18,000 acres of private lands within Carmel Valley, CA, and to advance our understanding of the interactions between people and the natural environment. We accomplish this through land management, conservation easement stewardship, ecological research, and environmental education programs.

 

pdf Location & Context Map - Santa Lucia Preserve

pdf Reserve Design Map - Santa Lucia Preserve

The Conservancy actively manages the Wildlands to protect and enhance their ecological values, and works collaboratively with residential landowners to do the same on the Openlands. In addition, the Conservancy conducts and promotes ecological research that supports its management goals and advances the understanding of the interactions between residential communities and the natural environment. The Conservancy also provides free environmental educational programs to children from local schools to inspire an environmental awareness and conservation ethic in future generations.A majority of the permanently protected lands administered by the Conservancy are located within a unique conservation-compatible community known as the Santa Lucia Preserve. Created in the early 1990's, the Preserve design permanently protects 18,000 acres of the 20,000 acre historic "Rancho San Carlos" to ensure that the ranch's extraordinary ecological, scenic, and scientific values are sustained for the benefit of future generations. The remaining 2,000 acres have been designed to provide homes for nearly 300 families, a unique golf 'trail' modelling sustainable practices, and other community infrastructure, woven into the natural landscape in a manner intended to ensure the long-term health of the land.

As a part of the development design, the Santa Lucia Conservancy was incorporated and granted a secure financial endowment to provide an independent conservation organization charged with managing, defending and studying the protected lands in perpetuity for the public good. The Conservancy owns approximately 10,350 acres (the "Wildlands") and holds conservation easements on an additional 7,650 acres (the "Openlands") within the Santa Lucia Preserve. These lands support a breathtaking diversity of plant and animal communities associated with redwood forests, oak woodlands and savannas, grasslands and coastal prairie, and streams and wetlands.

The Conservancy actively manages the Wildlands to protect and enhance their ecological values, and works collaboratively with residential landowners to do the same on the Openlands. In addition, the Conservancy conducts and promotes ecological research that supports our management goals and advances the understanding of the interactions between human communities and the natural environment. We also provide free environmental educational programs to children from local schools to support academic achievement and inspire an environmental awareness and conservation ethic.

The Santa Lucia Conservancy is a member of the Land Trust Alliance and has adopted the Land Trust Standards and Practices to guide its operations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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