Managing Fire

The growing field of fire ecology now recognizes wildfire’s immense benefits.  Many of California’s diverse ecosystems can not only tolerate wildfire, they require it.

Photo: Bill Guion

Fire Ecology

Wildfire is a natural and vital part of California ecosystems. Learn more.

Soberanes Fire Response

On July 22, 2016 the Soberanes Fire put up its first smoke plume.  By day two it was clear that The Santa Lucia Preserve would be an essential strong hold to keep the fire from spreading into the community of Carmel Valley. Learn more.

Photo: Joe Fletcher

Wildfire Safety & Management

The Preserve’s unique conservation design includes a thoughtful, expert-driven approach to managing wildfire risk.  Learn more. 


Cycles of natural disturbance are important for the landscape. Like fire, ungulate herds can have positive benefits for the land. Learn about how the Conservancy uses cattle to mimic the effect of Tule elk herds of centuries past.