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Santa Barbara County Conservation Blueprint

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With increasing pressure to accommodate population growth on open space and agricultural lands in Santa Barbara County, along with the new realities of climate change, it is critical that the community develops a collective vision for the future of its most important wild and working landscapes, and tools and strategies for how to move toward that vision. Our first step will be the creation of a comprehensive countywide atlas [i.e. Data Basin Gateway] of local resources that reflects our sharedunderstanding of the location and condition of our natural, agricultural, water and recreation resources. We are launching a data gathering and community engagement process leading to a Conservation Blueprint that will provide a science based decision-making platform for conservation, including restoration and other land management decisions. In short, the effort will strengthen the region’s integrity by building community, sharing information, and facilitating stewardship. The process is led by Land Trust for Santa Barbara County, Cachuma Resource Conversation District, and the Santa Barbara Foundation’s LEAF Initiative, and is guided by a 12-member Steering Committee representing agriculture, conservation, resource management, and the natural sciences. Conservation Biology Institute joins us in a close partnership as the consultants developing the GIS Data Basin Gateway.

“By guiding collaborative and productive solutions to both today‚Äôs and tomorrow's problems, Ag Innovations has helped shape and inform the movement to improve California's food and farming system.”
Craig McNamara, California State Board of Food and Agriculture/Sierra Orchards

Conservation Biology Institute

Conservation Biology Institute

With increasing pressure to accommodate population growth on open space and agricultural lands in Santa Barbara County, it is critical that the community develops a collective vision for the future of its most important wild and working landscapes as well as the tools and strategies for how to move toward that vision.

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