Picnic at the Preserve

By Hattie Beresford   |   August 29, 2023
Looking east from the Carpinteria Bluff Path toward Rincon. The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County assisted the Carpinteria Friends of the Bluffs to acquire this portion of the land and preserve it as open space for the people.
Come support the Land Trust and enjoy a day on the preserve on Sunday, September 10
A rare variate of Mariposa Lily, Calochortus fimbriatus, is considered “fairly endangered” in California and grows in the uplands of Arroyo Hondo

From the Carpinteria Bluffs to Arroyo Hondo Preserve on the Gaviota Coast; from Ennisbrook Open Space in Montecito to the Hibbits Ranch in Lompoc, the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County has worked to conserve, preserve, and protect over 31,890 acres of land as well as trail easements. With the increased density and rapid suburbanization of the natural landscape, county residents have become ever more aware of the intrinsic and essential value of open space and preserved agricultural and wilderness areas.

With 18 new projects in the pipeline, the Trust hopes to double the amount of land currently conserved. To introduce the public to their work and raise funds for the projects, the Land Trust is hosting “Picnic at the Preserve” on Sunday, September 10 from 11:30 am to 4 pm. Attendees will enjoy live music, local wines and refreshments, and a picnic lunch at the beautiful Arroyo Hondo Preserve. Experiential informational stations and hiking will be available, as will a live auction of a select number of exciting and choice items and travel destinations.

As part of the fund raising, an exclusive online auction will open to the public on September 1. It will feature Land Trust items and experiences tailored to the whole family. To explore sponsorship opportunities for “Picnic at the Preserve,” contact Hilary Doubleday at hdoubleday@landtrust.org. Individual tickets are limited and can be purchased through https://events.handbid.com/auctions/picnic-at-the-preserve-2023.

For those new to the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County (as well as long-time devotees), a beautiful, informative, and poignant video showing the work of the Trust can be viewed at www.sblandtrust.org.  


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