Executive Summary

The mission of Rancho San Buenaventura Conservation Trust is to protect the natural diversity, scenic open space, and agricultural vitality of our Ventura County ranch and coastal areas.

Rancho San Buenaventura Conservation Trust is organized as 501(c) 3 entity dedicated to conserving, protecting, and enhancing 2000 plus acres above the city of Ventura.

The trust received an initial land donation of 820 acres last year. The trust is currently developing funding for an additional acquisition of another 752 acres. The land the Trust is working to acquire is currently zoned “single 160”. Development pressure is intense due to critical housing shortages in the area. There remains the possibility of voters approving development in the future. With the acquisition of the additional acreage the Trust will be on its way to eventually preserving more than 4,000 acres for open space, critical habitat, endangered species protection and range land preservation.

The property is part of a larger effort to connect conserved and protected properties into a continuous land preserve that will provide wildlife habitat corridors, opportunities for restoration of native species, and preservation of agriculture.

Programs being developed for the property include the establishment of “Conservation Ambassador’s” program for local students to learn about land preservation, holistic management practices, critical habitat maintenance, watershed health and wildlife corridors. Limited directed recreational programs will be initiated with preference given to the least intrusive activities for the preserved properties.

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