Private land conservation is becoming an increasingly significant as a mechanism for biodiversity conservation, wherein a community of private landowners participate collectively in the protection of natural resources. The Preserve is at the core of one of the ecological treasures of the world and is surrounded by public and private lands. The richness and rarity of the region’s species and plant communities, many found nowhere else in the world, make it one of the six most valuable and imperiled biodiversity ‘hotspots’ in the nation. Integrating thoughtfully planned private land ownership with wildland conservation serves as a model to inspire, advance and inform conservation and sustainable development far beyond our boundaries. Around the world, conserving natural resources is widely practiced by indigenous groups, nature enthusiasts, governments and communities. The Preserve is among a network of large and small parcels worldwide, both terrestrial and marine, that are managed for the protection of natural spaces and conservation of biodiversity.
As a private reserve, the Santa Lucia Preserve is maintained by a conservation community made up of landowners, scientists, managers and naturalists. Our impact is regionally significant. The Preserve is at the core of one of the ecological treasures of the world and is surrounded by public and private lands. The connection of these lands provide continuous habitat extensions into neighboring spaces, corridors for populations of wildlife, and critical foraging and nesting area for seasonal inhabitants. Our unique model integrates thoughtfully planned private land ownership with a land conservation strategy that utilizes cutting edge and innovative science to inform adaptive land management.
Through the Conservancy’s community engagement, land management and research efforts, The Preserve serves as a model and ‘living laboratory’. Lessons learned here can advance and inform conservation and sustainable development far beyond our boundaries. At this pivotal moment in history, with the fate of perhaps a third of all global species in question, our work is as important now as it has ever been.
Through conservation easements, the Conservancy and landowners engage in partnership to manage roughly 8,000 acres of the Preserve. Not just a gated community, families choose The Preserve because of its rural, pristine environment and are stewards in managing the land. Learn more.
The Santa Lucia Preserve is an exemplary nature preserve in which private landowners work in partnership with the Conservancy. Under this unique private lands conservation model, landowners on the Preserve own their homesites as well as parcels of protected easement lands managed by the Conservancy. Learn more.
Tremendous planning guided the development of the Preserve. By design, the Preserve was built to be a community set in the coveted natural landscape of Central California, in which no element of the built environment diverts attention from the natural scenic value of the land. Learn more.