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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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    Join the Gaviota Coast Conservancy

    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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    Scenic Highway Hearing

    Santa Barbara County planners are holding a meeting (Thursday, August 18 at 6pm) on a proposal for a Gaviota Coast Scenic Highway Designation. Their invitation is below. See you there!

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    Good afternoon,
     
    Santa Barbara County Planning & Development invites you and other interested persons to a public meeting on August 18, 2016 at 6pm, to discuss the Gaviota Coast Scenic Highway Proposal. The County is completing an application to CalTrans to designate 21 miles of Highway 101 on the Gaviota Coast as a State Scenic Highway. The State Scenic Highway Designation will apply to the section of Highway 101 from the City of Goleta’s western-most boundary to Route 1 at Las Cruces.
     
    The purpose of the proposed Scenic Highway Designation is to recognize the scenic and visual qualities along the Gaviota Coast Highway 101 corridor. No new land use policies or ordinances will be adopted in association with the Proposed Scenic Highway; existing policies are sufficient to protect the corridor’s natural and aesthetic resources.  
     
     
    Staff will be holding a public meeting to provide information to all interested parties; please pass along this information to others that may be interested in attending this meeting. The meeting is scheduled as follows:
     
    Thursday, August 18th, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
    Goleta Union School District
    Jack Kramer Administration Center
    401 North Fairview Avenue, Goleta, CA 93117
     
    For more information, Please contact Alyssa Krag-Arnold, akarnold@co.santa-barbara.ca.us or call (805) 884-8060.