The Conservancy


Protecting the Preserve lands in perpetuity.


Since the 1830s, when California’s Mexican governor granted The Preserve’s original parcels, owners of this land have faced the challenge of securing their tenures. In the end, everyone was compelled to let go. By the end of the 20th century, development pressure threatened the qualities that make these 20,000 acres so desirable.

Independent non-profit with an Independent Board

The solution came with the creation of the Santa Lucia Conservancy, a non-profit, independent conservation trust established to manage and protect The Preserve Lands in perpetuity. Financially supported by a $25 million endowment funded by the Founders, the Conservancy stewards the long-term research and public education programs that distinguish the Santa Lucia Preserve as an innovative model for private land conservation.

Mission, Vision, and Values

Santa Lucia Conservancy’s mission is to conserve and sustain the Santa Lucia Preserve, a unique Central Coast landscape, through a model of compatible development and sustainable conservation, where natural landscapes are protected and restored for Santa Lucia Preserve residents and all future generations.
The vision of the Santa Lucia Conservancy is to create a model of compatible development and sustainable conservation that works.

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The Santa Lucia Conservancy operates under the following values:
  • Create a tested model of development, with sustainable conservation, that can be replicated by others
  • Engage residents as partners
  • Exercise integrity and transparency
  • Ensure biological conservation and sustainability, based on sound science
  • Value neighbors and conservation organizations as collaborators
  • Be a credible, independent organization