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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, April 27, 2017

State Coastal Conservancy Approves Funds to acquire the Carpinteria Bluffs III property

REDWOOD CITY, CA. Earlier today, the State Coastal Conservancy unanimously approved a $350,000 grant to the City of Carpinteria towards the acquisition of the Carpinteria Bluffs III property. The City and the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County are partnering to acquire this 21- acre bluff top property in Carpinteria.
This grant from the State Coastal Conservancy, when combined with a grant approved last month by the California Transportation Commission, brings the total state commitment to this project up to $800,000.
“Approval of these funds by the Coastal Conservancy brings us into the final stretch in our efforts to preserve this significant coastal open space in Carpinteria,” stated Fred Shaw, Mayor of Carpinteria. The City of Carpinteria will be the ultimate owner and long-term steward of the property.
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“To date, more than 1300 community members have contributed towards this rare opportunity—to acquire the Carpinteria Bluffs III property for resource protection and enhancement, as well as appropriate public access,” stated Chet Work, Executive Director of the Land Trust. “We are thrilled that the Coastal Conservancy has joined this successful partnership,” he added.
Existing resources on the property include stands of quality natural habitat, including coastal sage scrub and coastal bluff scrub and riparian habitat contained within an ephemeral channel that runs through the property, as well as in the seventeen seasonal wetland pools on the site, eight of which are classified as coastal wetlands. These habitats are used by terrestrial wildlife, as well as migratory and resident birds including white tailed kites which are known to forage on the Carpinteria Buffs open spaces.
“Citizens for the Carpinteria Bluffs, the local advocates for open space along the Bluffs, has long supported acquiring this property, which will partly fulfill the community’s longstanding desire to protect all of the remaining Carpinteria Bluffs,” stated Citizens’ President, Arturo Tello. “In addition to providing a rare opportunity to protect and restore the natural resources on the property, this acquisition will provide for public beach access and other passive recreational uses, such as bird watching, painting and hiking,” he added. The Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve property was acquired by the Land Trust and Citizens and conveyed to the City of Carpinteria for permanent protection in 1999.
“Due to its location, Carpinteria Bluffs III claims stunning views of a large stretch of Carpinteria coastline, the Santa Barbara Channel, the Carpinteria Valley and the Santa Ynez Mountains. As such, this property is an excellent location for the roughly one-third mile of the California Coastal Trail which will connect this new open space to Rincon Beach Park to the east and the Carpinteria Buffs Nature Park to the west,” stated Matt Roberts, Carpinteria’s Parks and Recreation Director. “Additionally, the Rincon Hiking and Bike Trail located, to the west is now scheduled for to begin construction in the next two years.”
“I am pleased to support this request for significant state funding, which so critical to providing permanent protection for this important coastal bluff top property. Approval of this grant is a win- win, not only for both the City of Carpinteria and the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County, but also for current and future generations of residents and visitors alike,” stated Assemblymember Monique Limon (D-Santa Barbara).
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Approval of this $350,000 brings the project very close to completion. An application for Coastal Resource Enhancement Funds is pending before the County of Santa Barbara for additional public funding. The Land Trust will continue its private fundraising drive until adequate funds are raised to complete the project.
The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1985 and dedicated to preserving and enhancing Santa Barbara County’s natural resources, open spaces and agricultural heritage for present and future generations. To date, the LTSBC has helped to preserve over 25,000 acres of natural resource and agricultural land and has assisted landowners in placing conservation easements on 43 properties totaling more than 16,000 acres in Santa Barbara County. For more information, visit www.sblandtrust.org.
Established in 1976, the Coastal Conservancy works to protect and improve natural lands and waterways, help people get to and enjoy the outdoors, and sustain local economies along the length of California’s coast.

Contact

Land Trust Contact: Chet Work, Executive Director 805 966-4520
City of Carpinteria Contact: Matt Roberts, Recreation Director 805 755-4449

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