Protecting the land is not enough to keep it healthy.  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.  The scale of need can be overwhelming, the key to success is the community. On a daily basis, the Conservancy engages with Preserve landowners: through one-on-one consultation for Openlands restoration projects, responding to and making house calls for any number of ecological inquiries, and hosting monthly events to observe wildlife and learn about the land.

The Conservancy’s community engagement extends beyond the gates of The Preserve too. The private protected lands model of The Preserve provides exceptional opportunities for field study. The property’s rich diversity of species and natural communities are accessible and the security of the property provides sampling locations where research equipment can remain untampered. The Conservancy provides access through research collaborations from universities and other science-based organizations, who wish to study topics that will inform land management goals and advance the understanding of the interfaces between human residences and natural environments. Researchers interested in accessing The Preserve are encouraged to contact the Conservancy for more information.

Photo: Christy Wyckoff

Managing Fire

The growing field of fire ecology now recognizes wildfire’s immense benefits. Learn more.

Photo: Santa Lucia Conservancy

Habitat Restoration

Conservancy land stewardship on the Preserve is as dynamic as the landscape.  Learn more.

Photo: Wildlife Camera

Citizen Science

We are living in the era of Citizen Science, where the average person can contribute to our understanding of the world around them in meaningful ways. Learn more.

Photo: Christy Fischer

School Programs

The Conservancy provides free outdoor education field trips for Monterey County schools.Learn more.


With 18,000 acres of land to steward and over 1,000 different species of plants and animals there is no shortage of opportunities to study, restore and celebrate the lands of The Preserve. Learn more.


The Santa Lucia Preserve is a unique conservation model. Great care informed appreciative development not only preserve the artistic qualities of the landscape, but also protect sensitive cultural and natural resources.

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