Fire Smart in the Wildland-Urban Interface
The Preserve’s unique conservation design includes a thoughtful, expert-driven approach to managing wildfire risk. The Santa Lucia Preserve Fuel Management Standards, updated in 2018, outline a Preserve-wide strategy for maintaining our commitments to protect biodiversity, wildlife, and view-sheds while also reducing wildfire risk. The Standards identifies appropriate fuel management treatments for each Preserve habitat type. A key element of the fuel management approach is the creation of Lot-Specific Fuel Management Plans for each home, which take into account natural vegetation, landscaping, topography, home design and other unique features of each lot. The Lot-Specific Plans provide customized fuel management prescriptions that meet or exceed state standards and are prepared by qualified experts.