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Gaviota Coast Conservancy


Organization Mission

The Gaviota Coast Conservancy is dedicated to enhancing the rural character and environmental integrity of the Gaviota Coast for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.

The Big Idea:
Experience and Help Save the Gaviota Coast!

The Gaviota Coast needs you! Visit and enjoy this incredible stretch of the California Coast in our backyard and join in our ongoing efforts to preserve it forever. Our public outreach program conducts scheduled hikes and other adventures to inform and engage the community while we explore the Gaviota Coast. Our advocacy program engages in land-use issues and defends the integrity of the Gaviota Coast. Our long-range preservation program works to complete the Coastal Trail and permanently protect endangered Gaviota Coast lands through purchase and conservation easements.

As Congressperson from 1998 to 2017, I worked hard to protect and preserve the Gaviota Coast. Our Gaviota Coast has fabulous recreational opportunities, incredible scenic views, outstanding biological resources, and irreplaceable historic and cultural resources.
One organization has dedicated itself exclusively to the protection of the Gaviota Coast, and that is the Gaviota Coast Conservancy. For over 20 years, GCC has been the little engine that could, fighting off speculative developers, keeping coastal access trails open, and laying the groundwork for permanently preserving the Gaviota Coast. Protection of the Gaviota Coast was a goal of mine as a member of Congress, and the GCC was a valued ally.
Elected officials rely on community groups for support and direction, and I am now proud to support the GCC and encourage others to join in this important organization’s work.

— Lois Capps, Santa Barbara