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Gaviota Coast Conservancy

Address PO Box 1099 Goleta CA 93116 Phone: 805-683-6631 Website:


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Gaviota Coast Conservancy is dedicated to protecting the rural character and environmental integrity of the Gaviota Coast for present and future generations.

The Gaviota Coast lies between Coal Oil Point in Goleta and Point Sal in Northern Santa Barbara County. It includes the coastal watersheds of the Santa Ynez Mountains from Coal Oil Point to Point Arguello and all of Vandenberg Space Force Base.

The Gaviota Coast is imperiled. The development pressures that have overwhelmed the Southern California coastline are evident here in the development proposals to turn our coast into an enclave of large homes and declining agriculture.

The Gaviota Coast is unique. Coastal Mediterranean ecosystems make up only 2% of the planet and the Gaviota Coast is the largest intact remnant of such an environment in North America.

The Gaviota Coast retains a high degree of biodiversity. This is true because of three key factors: natural and agricultural landscapes still prevail, the area is a transition zone between two distinct marine and terrestrial ecoregions, and the Santa Ynez Mountains serve as an effective wildlife migration corridor from immense interior wildlands.

The Gaviota Coast Conservancy’s goals are to promote the conservation of undeveloped land on the Gaviota Coast, maximize broad-based community support, public awareness and involvement for this conservation objective, and enhance general knowledge and enjoyment of the Gaviota Coast.

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