Land Trust celebrates preservation of Carpinteria bluffs

By Eric Cardenas

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Members of The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County are celebrating the preservation of the “Carpinteria Bluffs III,” a parcel overlooking Rincon Point.

Just 15 months ago, the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County launched a $7.9 million campaign to buy Carpinteria Bluffs III, a small but important portion of the larger Carpinteria Bluffs area that overlooks Rincon Point.

A little more than a year later, in partnership with the Citizens for the Carpinteria Bluffs, city of Carpinteria, public funding from Santa Barbara County and the state, and from some 1,300 community members, the Land Trust has raised the $7.9 million for the final purchase, initial restoration, and long-term maintenance of the Carpinteria Bluffs III property.

To celebrate and thank all those involved with the campaign, the Land Trust hosted a free community event on Sept. 16.

Docent-led property tours were offered and local bands the Upbeat, AfishnseA the Moon and Tony Ybarra performed. Kids’ activities included face-painting and henna by SB Parties, games, and an art project.

Proceeds from the event’s many vendors will be donated to the Land Trust and Carpinteria Bluffs III. Tax-deductible donations to Carpinteria Bluffs may be made at sblandtrust.org.

For more information, call 805-966-4520 or visit www.sblandtrust.org/celebrate-the-bluffs, or email Carrie Mullen at cmullen@sblandtrust.org.

Since 1985, the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County has worked with community groups, landowners and others to preserve, restore and manage open space, wildlife habitat, and family farms and ranches throughout the county.

The trust has helped preserve some 25,000 acres of natural resource and working land, including Arroyo Hondo Preserve, Sedgwick Reserve, Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, Coronado Butterfly Preserve, Point Sal, Carpinteria Salt Marsh, and some ranches on the Gaviota Coast.