Our Mission:

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

Gaviota Coast Conservancy, through a grant from ESRI,
Jack Dangermond's GIS mapping software company,
has made available a hub for Coronavirus information.

Please click to view the GCC Coronavirus Response Hub.


Gaviota beach image by Reeve Woolpert


The Three Pillars:

Gaviota Coast Conservancy's actions are guided by what we call the Three Pillars of the Gaviota Coast, each one an integral and interconnected support that together fulfill our mission. Each can have separate application to specific lands. They are:

Rural Character

Preserve the rural character of the Gaviota Coast and where appropriate, encourage regenerative agriculture. Agriculture is the bedrock of our coastal heritage. We encourage agricultural practices that build soil, manage water wisely, avoid toxic chemicals and support biological resources. 

Ecological Integrity

Restore and enhance the ecological integrity of the Gaviota Coast, its whole and undivided natural character. Support policies and practices that promote and revitalize biological diversity.

Public Access

 Encourage appropriate and respectful public use and access. Recreation and rejuvenation are personal and community benefits. People that experience their environment become more active stewards of their homeland. 


Rancho Tajiguas, 1970s, photo by Mehosh, used with permission

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    Gaviota Coast Walks

    To All Coastal Walkers,

    My wife and I are confirmed walkers and we’ve noticed a large number of people walking in this era of the coronavirus. It’s a healthy habit and very therapeutic in times of stress and uncertainty. In that spirit, I put together three walks you can take on the Gaviota Coast that can be tailored to your own ability and that provide space for social distancing. Mornings are the best time for being about on the Gaviota Coast to avoid the afternoon west winds of springtime.

    Clicking on the links will take you to a two-page description of each of the three walks.

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