Scenic Highway Designation Ceremony

Gaviota Coast Conservancy played a major role 
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Caltrans has officially designed the Gaviota Coast as a State Scenic Highway. Over the past year, Gaviota Coast Conservancy worked tirelessly with Caltrans, County staff and the Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors to make this happen. As stated by the Director of Caltrans, "the scenic qualities of this well-deserved section of California's coast will be preserved, so that they may continue to be appreciated and enjoyed by all."
Gaviota Coast Conservancy, along with Supervisor Doreen Farr, have long pushed for this overdue designation. The new Scenic Highway will extend along a 21-mile stretch of Highway 101, from Goleta's western boundary to Highway 1 at Las Cruces, where it will connect with another scenic route on Highway 1 between Las Cruces and Lompoc. For more detail, here's an article on the Gaviota Coast Scenic Highway designation in the Lompoc Record. Check out Noozhawk and KEYT's coverage as well.
Your Gaviota Coast Conservancy board continues to work diligently to help preserve the Gaviota Coast. This is one more step in that pursuit. We are most proud and pleased to have taken a leading role in this project, and look forward to continuing our work in the coming year. Special thanks to board Vice President Steve Forsell for his dedicated efforts.
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SCAPE 2017

Visions of the Gaviota Coast

Gaviota Coast Conservancy Board, photo by Isaac Hernandez
The board of the Gaviota Coast Conservancy (photographed at the event, to the left) would like to thank everyone who participated for another successful fundraiser (especially our sponsors and partners). A fabulous time was had by all who attended. Please enjoy and share this photo album of the event!
The Fifth Annual SCAPE Art Benefit for Gaviota Coast Conservancy and Naples Coalition, Visions of the Gaviota Coast, was held at the stunning Bacara Resort and Spa (8301 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117) on Friday, 4/14/17, 2-8p, with a reception on Friday (5-8p), and silent auction (2-7p) and Saturday, 4/15/17, from 10a-4p, with a film screening of Shaw Leonard's Gaviota: The End of Southern California (at 3p).
The admission-free benefit art sale went from 4/14 at 2pm through 4/15 at 4p. The two-day art show featured a reception on Friday (5-8p) with live music, silent auction, appetizers and wine with a donation. The silent auction had products by GCC's 1% for the Planet sponsors, Patagonia and SeaVees, as well as local gift certificates, two tickets to see Jack Johnson at the County Bowl, a night with spa treatment at El Encanto, a night at Circle Bar-B Ranch, Zapotec weavings from Anomaly Imports, wines and fun packages... plus much more! Bacara Resort provided a one-night stay and spa treatment for the raffle. 
For more info on Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment, please visit www.S-C-A-P-E.org.
To donate directly to the Gaviota Coast Conservancy: https://gaviotacoastconservancy.org/donate 
or to donate to Naples Coalition: https://www.savenaples.org/donate
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President's Letter, Spring-Summer, 2017

It’s summer on the Gaviota Coast. The green hills that sprouted during our much-needed winter rains have turned to gold and brown. The seal pups grew up and have moved on. And the Gaviota Coast Conservancy has been busier than ever on a variety of issues.

Our most current concern out on the Coast is the evolving situation at the Tajiquas Landfill. Marc Chytilo and his legal colleagues have helped GCC identify critical defects in Santa Barbara County’s plan to anaerobically digest organic waste at the landfill and spread the contaminated residual organic “digestate” on local farm land. While approved, the project is in a state of limbo due to the County’s error in siting a portion of the project within the coastal zone where such industrial activities are not appropriate. It is

Mike_Brown-Santa_Cruz_Island-Jan_14-headshot.jpgour view that it is long past the time to close the landfill at Tajiguas, as such an industrial activity is inappropriate for the Gaviota Coast and it is certainly not good policy to develop additional industrial activities such as the anaerobic digestion process. We are committed to working with others to create a 21st-century approach to managing waste in the Santa Barbara region that is on the cutting edge of sustainability practice, and to work to restore Tajiguas to a positive role in the coastal ecosystem.

Many of you may have seen Shaw Leonard’s movie Gaviota: The End of Southern California when it was shown at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and more recently at the Sandbox. The movie is a terrific exploration of the natural history of the Gaviota Coast. If you haven’t seen it or you want to see it again, more showings are coming up. In most cases, we are showing the film in conjunction with the movie Losing Ground: Gaviota, a UCSB Blue Horizons student film featuring GCC Board member Guner Tautrim and his efforts to promote more sustainable agriculture practices on his family’s Gaviota Coast ranch and to encourage his neighbors’ efforts.

We're excited about our new membership program, and invite you to join (if you haven't already). Thanks for participating with us! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates and invitations. 

We offer occasional guided hikes onto the Naples property and select other sites on the Gaviota Coast. Sign up to be on the Hikes Email List and we’ll let you know about the next opportunities to explore a part of the nearby Gaviota Coast up close.

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Mike Brown

President, Gaviota Coast Conservancy

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