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Welcome to our webpage previewing information about the Blueprint! The project launch is planned for early 2018 - have a look around to learn more, and feel free to contact us with suggestions or questions by clicking on the get involved form above.
The purpose of the Blueprint is to provide a common language and platform for publicly available data to support in depth conversations and informed decisions about the Santa Barbara County landscape. This collaborative project aims to describe the current landscape, natural resources, and community values about land in Santa Barbara County. Creating the Blueprint is a two-part process:
Once the Blueprint is completed, the Atlas and Report will serve as tools to inform conservation practitioners, including project sponsors, as they develop their strategic plans and conservation efforts. It will also be a valuable resource to the community members as they discuss a broad range of conservation and resource management issues. Find out more detailed information in our FAQ.
Create a comprehensive compilation of the County’s resources, conservation opportunities, and community values.
Provide a shared public platform (website, maps, reports, tools) to inform conversations about the future of our landscape.
Understand what a diverse cross section of community members truly believe is important to conserve.
Inspire greater collaboration, trust, and improved working relationships among conservation practitioners, farmers, ranchers, landowners, housing advocates and conservation funders.
Acquire resources to accelerate the pace of voluntary conservation with landowners and managers who want to protect, restore, and steward their properties.
Inform the Santa Barbara Foundation’s LEAF Initiative, and new strategic plans for Cachuma RCD and the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County.
Santa Barbara County is a special place with unmatched scenery, a remarkable diversity of plants and animals, and productive ranching and agricultural lands – all of which contribute to our economy and quality of life. County residents and landowners have been good stewards of these resources with a long history of effective land management, and conservation. Yet with increasing population pressure on scarce natural resources, along with the new realities of climate change, it is critical that we develop the tools we need to better understand our landscape. We must also begin to think together about how we can address the pressures we face to create a more resilient and adaptable future for us all.
The Blueprint is a first step toward understanding our current condition and creating a landscape of opportunity for generations to come.
Click on the links below to view and download the Blueprint Report and Executive Summary and scroll down to see interactive maps on the county in the Atlas.View or Download the Report
The Atlas is an online mapping portal where community members can view, retrieve, and analyze information about land use and natural resources in Santa Barbara County. The Atlas is designed to make science-based spatial data from many sources easily accessible.
The Santa Barbara County Conservation Blueprint is being developed in partnership with Santa Barbara Foundation's LEAF initiative (Landscapes, Ecosystems, Agriculture, Food Systems), the Cachuma Resource Conservation District, and the Land Trust of Santa Barbara County. The project is being managed by Ag Innovations and the Conservation Biology Institute, with early design support from LegacyWorks. It is funded by a consortium of foundations and donors through the Land Trust and the LEAF Initiative.
The project is in development, with a launch planned for early 2018. We are currently conducting interviews and collecting data on five themes: water, agricultural and ranch lands, flora and fauna, climate, and community and the land. Please share your email if you are interested in staying informed and attending a community input event! We would also love to hear your stories and get your input on our community values survey. If you have additional questions, contact us.
The Cachuma Resource Conservation District was founded in 1944 – one of the first RCDs in California. Their mission is to promote land stewardship ethics that result in long-term, sustainable use of natural resources while protecting and enhancing the environment. For more information, visit:
The Santa Barbara Foundation is committed to building philanthropy, strengthening the nonprofit sector and solving community problems. The foundation has launched the LEAF Initiative to address landscapes, ecosystems, agriculture and food systems in our county.For more information, visit:
The Land Trust works to preserve and enhance our county’s natural open spaces and agricultural heritage for present and future generations. Since its inception in 1985 the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County has helped to preserve over 24,000 acres of natural resource and agricultural land. For more information, visit:
Executive Director, Cachuma Resource Conservation District
Former Executive Director, Cachuma Resource Conservation District
Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management
Rancher, The Spanish Ranch
Attorney / Partner, Allen & Kimbell, LLP
Paul Van Leer,
Farmer and Ranch Manager, Las Varas Ranch
Cattle Rancher and State Director, Santa Barbara County Cattlemen’s Association, Stewardship Director, CA Rangeland Trust
Principal, Investec Real Estate Companies and President Board of Trustees of The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County
Rancher and Director of Parks and Recreation, City of Carpinteria
Farmer and Owner, Sharer Brothers Farms
Senior Director of Community Investments / Director of LEAF Initiative, Santa Barbara Foundation
Executive Director, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Executive Director, The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County