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

The Gaviota Coast, located in southern Santa Barbara County, includes the coastal watersheds between Coal Oil Point in Goleta, to Point Arguello on Vandenberg Air Force Base, and the remainder of Vandenberg's coast to Point Sal. The portion down-coast of Point Conception constitutes about 15% of Southern California's coast, yet contains approximately 50% of its remaining rural coastline.

The integrity of the Gaviota Coast is threatened by urbanization, rural McMansions and industrial development. Currently, five large ranches on the eastern Gaviota Coast are proposing residential developments with massive homes adjacent to sensitive habitat, sacred sites and on top of well-used coastal access trails. The County is proposing to build Costco-sized buildings on top of a landfill they operate in a small coastal canyon (Tajiguas), substantially increasing truck traffic through the Gaviota Coast. Four offshore platforms are linked to two oil processing plants by an array of oil and gas pipelines, and despite the devastating Refugio Oil Spill on May 19, Venoco is proposing to substantially expand drilling and production at platform Holly, just a mile from UCSB. 

To meet these challenges and preserve our coastal heritage, the Gaviota Coast Conservancy is dedicated to long-term strategies to permanently protect the Gaviota Coast.  Sign in and subscribe to notifications to hear about upcoming hearings, events, and opportunities. Contribute what you can to help us protect the Gaviota Coast, and thank you!

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    and help us continue to preserve our beautiful coastline and watersheds

     Sign in (on the sidebar) with your email, Facebook or Twitter to receive our emails. We send emails about once a month and share the list ONLY with Naples Coalition. 

    Volunteer to build community support around the issues affecting the Gaviota Coast. Or call Janet Koed, (805) 683-6631.

    Donate to the Gaviota Coast Conservancy. We are a volunteer organization that relies upon public support to continue our work. We cannot defend our coastal heritage without broad based community involvement. Please be generous.

    Visit the Gaviota Coast! Be docents (to find out how, ask Janet). Use the access that we're fighting to maintain!

    Take pictures of your visits, and share them with us here.

    Help us document Gaviota usage by filling out this quick online survey. To let us know which specific areas you visit, please click here. For more dedicated users, please fill out, sign, and mail us this print survey (please mail to: Gaviota Survey, PO Box 92233, Santa Barbara, California 93190)

    Attend Events by checking the Gaviota Coast Conservancy Event Calendar for dates and details of upcoming activities.

    Thank you for all you do!

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    Naples Full Moon Serenade

    A wonderful time was had by all at the Full Moon Serenade! The moonlight with this eclipse, on September 16, was simply stunning. Thanks to Ken Palley of Naples Coalition, there were YOUNG folks joining in on the fun with us. Our Advisor, Lisa Stratton was there, along with Peter Schuyler and Goleta Waterboard drummer, Meg West. Terry Remick (our vintage train vendor) was also among the fun-loving guests. I didn't count, but I suppose there were about 20 of us on the bluff. Ken Palley gave a short talk to those present.
    It was a spectacular evening and the cows seemed to like our presence. We were even serenaded by coyotes from over Paradiso way as we left for our cars. 
    The full moon doesn't always rise so spectacularly on a weekend night... all gathered agreed that we want more events like this. We'll keep you posted when we schedule the next one. Here's hoping you can join us next time. 
    ​Photo taken by Dave Basso, as ukuleles cast a full moon spell upon Naples

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