December 2022 Newsletter

Albino redwood on the Santa Lucia Preserve. Photo by Alix Soliman. 

December 31, 2022

By Jamison Watts, Executive Director

It is with pride and tremendous gratitude that we reflect on the impact we’ve made together in furthering SLC’s mission to protect and steward the unique natural capital of the Santa Lucia Preserve while promoting environmentally sustainable communities. We have you — our amazing community of members, property owners, Preserve entities, agency and foundation partners, and supporters — to thank for every success.

Together, we:

  • Helped make The Preserve a safer place to live by effectively managing fuels and fire risk;
  • Conserved our region’s unique biodiversity through conservation grazing, invasive species removal, monitoring special-status and keystone species, and collaborating with research institutions, universities, and resource agencies;
  • Advanced land stewardship through Openlands Management Plans (OMPs), unique experiential events, engaging and informative media, and complimentary technical assistance; and
  • Inspired the next generation of land stewards through our environmental education program serving more than 3,000 kids from Monterey County, including 43% from disadvantaged schools.

As we look to the future, we are adapting our strategies to the demands of climate change with a goal to safeguard The Preserve’s resilient biodiversity and wild beauty in perpetuity. Among the first of its kind in the U.S., The Preserve’s thriving conservation community serves as a model across our region and country.

Thank you for making our collective vision possible.

 

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