The Environmental Defense Center’s Open Space Preservation and Education Network (OPEN) program is hosting a forum event to educate the community about the importance of the Gaviota Coast and the ongoing progress of the Gaviota Planning Action Committee (PAC). The event will be held on Thursday, April 28th from 7-9 at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History’s beautiful Fleischmann Auditorium. The panel of speakers will discuss a variety of perspectives about Gaviota including its agricultural heritage, biodiversity, cultural resources, land use challenges, and how the community can become involved in making decisions about the future planning of this unique area. A “Q and A” session will be held afterward with panelists. Featured speakers will include: Larry Hunt, (wildlife biologist) Roberta Codero (Chumash elder), Mike Lunsford (Gaviota Coast Conservancy), Guner Tautrim (Gaviota landowner and farmer) and Mike McGinnis (educator). Free event open to the public.