Preserving. Protecting.


Who We Are


Keeping it Wild

The Conservancy was created to deliver the promise of The Preserve Design: a place of enduring wild beauty and vibrant ecology – actively cared for and protected by a thriving community of people who treasure it.

As a non-profit, independent land trust, the Conservancy manages and protects The Preserve’s 18,000 acres of natural lands for current and future generations. Financially supported by a robust endowment funded by the founding families, the Conservancy sustains the long-term land stewardship, ecological research and public education programs that distinguish the Santa Lucia Preserve as an innovative model for private land conservation.

Rare and Amazing

The Preserve is vast: 31 square miles of rare native grasslands and wildflower fields, rolling oak woodlands and savannas, streams and wetlands, redwood forests and stands of native Monterey pine. Surrounded largely by protected public lands, it supports over 50 distinct habitat-types nestled in the Santa Lucia Mountains, which plunge into the sea at Big Sur just a few miles to the west.

You’ll find The Preserve at the heart of one of the ecological treasures of the world – California’s exceptionally diverse and splendid Central Coast. The richness and rarity of the region’s species and plant communities – many found nowhere else in the world – make it one of the six most valuable and imperiled biodiversity ‘hotspots’ in the nation. The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, and Conservation International recognize our area’s global conservation significance. This is a truly rare and amazing place.

Mission and Values

Our Mission

The Santa Lucia Conservancy is dedicated to the stewardship of the unique natural resources of the Santa Lucia Preserve and to promoting human settlements that are ecologically sensitive. Using the diverse natural laboratory of The Preserve, we work collaboratively on resource management, education and research to support and test this model of environmentally compatible human settlement.

Our Values

  • In pursuit of our mission, the Santa Lucia Conservancy is committed to a culture based on integrity, transparency, credibility, and independence.
  • We are committed to incorporating sound scientific principles and best practices in the development and implementation of our conservation and education programs.
  • We recognize achieving our mission depends on collaborative engagements with key strategic partners and an enduring commitment to providing a broad public benefit.