California: Oak forest on 29 acres of Ranch land near San Luis Obispo is protected

The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County was honored by the Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos (DANA) for their collaborative community partnership which resulted in the permanent protection of 29 acres of land directly surrounding the historic Dana Adobe. The project was completed just prior to the current State of California budget freeze which is now gripping non-profit organizations throughout California.

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Natural resources on the 29 acres include one quarter mile of Nipomo
Creek, an Oak Woodland, a dramatic bluff-top view of the 100 acre
preserve and expansive views of the eastern foot hills. The land and
the Adobe were the heart of the 37,888 acre land grant, known as
Rancho Nipomo, awarded Captain William Dana and his wife Maria Josefa
Carillo Dana in 1836.

The 29-acre parcel with be joined with another
100-acre parcel which The Land Conservancy and other county-wide
partners helped preserve in June and is now owned by San Luis Obispo
County. The Land Conservancy is undertaking a massive restoration
project of riparian areas along a portion of Nipomo Creek which flows
through the protected property. The restoration will include the
installation of 12,000 plants across nearly 7 acres of land adjacent
to the historic Dana Adobe. Eventually these properties are envisioned
to become a regional historical park.

“The grassroots organization, Save the Mesa, provided initial project funding to The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County which enabled them to obtain $715,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency toward the purchase of this property,” explained D.A.N.A. president and Land Conservancy Board Trustee, Herb Kandel. “Both of these local non-profit organizations were critical to our success.” Other key supporters were the California Cultural and Historical Endowment, the Briscoe-Mankins Foundation, The Hind Foundation, Peg Miller, the Edwin and Jeanne Woods Foundation, Dick Blankenburg, as well as numerous private donors. Their focus was to preserve the land and protect the historic Adobe.

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