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Rancher Louise Hanson Dies

Remembered For Preserving Manhattan-Sized Open Space in Gaviota


Thursday, January 30, 2014
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Louise Hanson
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courtesy Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum

Louise Hanson

Louise Moulton Hanson died on Sunday at age 99. Marriage brought Hanson to Santa Barbara County, where she began putting together what became a 14,000-acre ranch, starting in the late ‘60s. Hanson was the daughter of legendary El Toro rancher Lewis Moulton, whose immense Rancho Niguel was parceled out as Orange County grew. For her own ranch, in early 2013, Hanson placed it under an agricultural conservation easement with the California Rangeland Trust, an act of generosity that preserves a Manhattan-sized open space in Gaviota. “I think almost all ranchers are actually part of the environment; we live along with the environment,” said Hanson in a 1994 California State University oral history interview. “I mean, that’s part of our life — to preserve it and take care of it and be a part of it.” A service will be held at Loper Funeral Chapel in Ballard on Monday, February 3, 1 p.m.

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thank you for all the hard work Louise <3

losolivoslocal (anonymous profile)
January 30, 2014 at 9:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

For us Cowboy/Surfers, you will be missed greatly...

dou4now (anonymous profile)
January 31, 2014 at 6:59 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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