The Santa Lucia Conservancy works to conserve the ecological integrity of the protected lands within the Santa Lucia Preserve, and to advance understanding of the interfaces between human residences and the natural environment, through its land management, easement stewardship, ecological research, and environmental education programs:
The Conservancy actively manages its 10,350 acres of fee lands (the “Wildlands”) for ecological values, and works collaboratively with residential landowners to do the same on lands held under conservation easement by the Conservancy (the “Openlands”). Management activities include cattle grazing, prescribed fire, mechanical treatments, herbicide applications, as well as ecological monitoring to inform adaptive management planning.
Many of our land management projects are described on our Land Management page.
The Conservancy conducts and promotes ecological research on the Preserve that supports management goals and advances the understanding of the interfaces between human residences and the natural environment.
Current and recent research projects are described on our Ecological Research page.
The Santa Lucia Conservancy holds permanent conservation easements on approximately 7,650 acres within the Santa Lucia Preserve and regularly monitors its conservation easement properties to ensure compliance with easement restrictions.
More information can be found on our Easement Stewardship page.
The Conservancy provides free environmental educational programs to children from local schools to inspire an environmental awareness and conservation ethic among future generations. Since 1999, the program has served over 16,000 attendees.
More information can be found in our Environmental Education page.