Welcome to the Santa Lucia Conservancy

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Photo: Christy Wyckoff

Who is the Conservancy?

The Santa Lucia Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit land trust incorporated in 1995 to conserve the ecological integrity of the protected lands within the Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel, California. We are dedicated to advancing the art and science of conservation-compatible development through adaptive land management, conservation easement stewardship, ecological research and environmental education programs.  Learn more here. 

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What is The Preserve?

The Santa Lucia Preserve is a private residential community where people and nature thrive together. Extraordinary thought and planning went into the design of this unique community, with the goal of sustainably integrating the human and natural communities for the benefit of both. Learn more.


The Preserve’s founders had an ambitious goal: create an innovative model for how people and nature might thrive together in a changing world. They chose to  weave  natural and human communities together in a way that would nurture an abiding sense of stewardship in current and future generations.  Read more here.


Over 18,000 acres of Preserve lands are managed to reduce the threats of of exotic plants and animals, climate impacts, loss of keystone species, such as pollinators, and pathogens, such as Sudden Oak Death. To counteract these threats, sustained hands-on habitat management and restoration is essential and the Conservancy’s small, dedicated staff are out on the land every day.  Learn more here. 


The Conservancy’s design, which seeks to balance private homes and wildland conservation, serves as a model to inspire, advance and inform conservation and sustainable development both within and far beyond our boundaries. Learn more here.

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The Conservancy works to ensure the natural beauty, abundant wildlife, and healthy environs of The Santa Lucia Preserve are maintained for future generations.

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