14,000 Gaviota Acres Permanently Preserved

Plan Finalized Between Hansen Family and California Rangeland Trust

Thursday, March 7, 2013
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Fourteen thousand acres of rolling green hills, pristine cattle grazing country, and wide open valley views smack dab in the middle of the Gaviota region are now forever protected. A long-brewing plan between rancher Louise Hanson, her family, and the California Rangeland Trust was finalized last week, making official a sweeping Agricultural Conservation Easement for Hanson’s historic property to be held in perpetuity by the trust. “Louise Hanson is an inspiration to us all,” said Rangeland Trust CEO Nita Vail while announcing the deal. “It is such an honor to support her longtime goal of preserving the incredible ranches she has put together.”

For Hanson, whose land is actually a collection of smaller parcels acquired throughout the latter half of the 20th century as she worked to expand her cattle operation, the conservation easement facilitates her stewardship-inspired desires to prevent the ranch from ever being subdivided. Moreover, the agricultural easement also means that the ranch, which is visible from both Highway 101 and Highway 1 east of the Gaviota Pass, will continue on as a place for running cattle (also one of Hanson’s wishes) and celebrating the rich, albeit increasingly endangered, legacy of California ranching.

The Hanson Ranch marks the fourth large property that the Rangeland Trust has helped protect in Santa Barbara County since 2006. A statewide nonprofit with the singular mission of preserving privately owned working ranches and the open space and habitat that compose them, the trust has helped create easements on El Chorro Ranch (817 acres also in the Gaviota neighborhood), San Lorenzo Ranch (595 acres near the Los Alamos Valley), and San Lucas Ranch (over 1,500 acres near the intersection of Highway 246 and Highway 154).


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No map, no pictures -- phoning it in by re-working press releases.

Come on, Independent, you can do better! (than KEYT)

djfranchise (anonymous profile)
March 7, 2013 at 8:31 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Kudos to Louise Hanson. Her generosity and vision will insure that all us continue to savor the tranquility and beauty of the Gaviota Region. What a tremendous legacy!

sallyt (anonymous profile)
March 7, 2013 at 10:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)


elaz (anonymous profile)
March 7, 2013 at 12:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I'd like to politely agree with the first comment. A map showing the general area preserved would be helpful, please. There are a lot of big ranches between west Goleta and Lompoc on 1 or Buellton on 101. I'd like a better indication of what got preserved.

Becky (anonymous profile)
March 7, 2013 at 12:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

$cenic drive! Home values and tourist industry prosper. Mental health benes for Santa Barburbanites. Ah, beauty!

Adonis_Tate (anonymous profile)
March 7, 2013 at 4:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Thanks so much to all that made this happen, your generosity will not be forgotten. Wish we could of saved Haskull's beach and not have the Bacara, but this is definitely a step in the right direction.

sbcalikid (anonymous profile)
March 7, 2013 at 5:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Thank you. What a wonderful thing to do.

chilldrinfthenight (anonymous profile)
March 8, 2013 at 1:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)

thank goodness for Louise.......thank you.....YOU are a hero

topcat (anonymous profile)
March 8, 2013 at 5:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Thank you so much Louise Hanson!!

I agree, a map would be most helpful. But just hearing the news is really great, thanks Indy :)

surfimp (anonymous profile)
March 8, 2013 at 8:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The Hanson Ranch is essentially one of three canyons that come together at the intersection of Highway 101 and Highway 1 at Las Cruces. It is on the west side of 101 going north towards Buellton. While not on the coast it is a wonderful addition to open space within the County.

dontoasthecoast (anonymous profile)
March 8, 2013 at 9:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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