Mission: Through voluntary and collaborative measures, we work to permanently protect and enhance lands having important scenic, agricultural, habitat and cultural values for the benefit of people and wildlife.
Programs: The land program establishes voluntary land protection agreements (conservation easements) with family farmers, ranchers, and landowners. The land conservancy also buys properties in fee title and receives gifts/donations of land. The program focuses on identifying and protecting san luis obispo county lands with important scenic, agricultural, habitat and cultural values. The land conservancy staff prepare grant applications and proposals, draft agreements, identify land management goals and objectives, and conduct monitoring of each property on an annual basis. The conservancy has protected 15,200 acres to-date.
the restoration and stewardship program implements projects that focus on supporting healthy wildlife habitat, improving water quality, sustaining our local water supply, and protecting man-made infrastructure and farm fields. The program focuses on streams, wetlands, coastal dunes, and historic landmarks. Restoration and stewardship program staff develop grant proposals, prepare permit applications and restoration plans, implement restoration activities, and monitor project results.
the community outreach and development program focuses on engaging community members in the mission of the organization and educating the public about land resources in san luis obispo county. The program works to build support for the organization through collaborative partnerships, volunteer activities, educational events, and outreach opportunities throughout the county. Currently the organization has 1236 individual/household members (non-voting) and 93 business members (non-voting). The organization newsletter and e-newsletter reach 4,000, and the annual report goes out to approximately 2,000 people.
Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County has demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate their commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. Learn More: http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about.
I really appreciate that The Land Conservancy protects outdoor places for wildlife and places for people to hike, play and raise food. Their work benefits everyone in the community - including businesses and tourists - with a tangible outcome. Anyone who recognizes & appreciates the natural beauty of San Luis Obispo County should be a Land Conservancy member.