Open Space and Wildlife

Carpinteria Creek, photo by Brian Trautwein

Wildlife— and humans— need open space and clean water to thrive. 

Unfortunately, very little of California’s native habitats remain undeveloped, and, sadly, our state is home to more endangered and threatened plants and animals than any other in the Continental U.S.

Since its founding in 1977, EDC has worked to reverse these trends.  Preserving and restoring the imperiled native habitats of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, their keystone, threatened and endangered species, watersheds and farms are fundamental components of our mission.

Current Cases Page

Working with dozens of our community organizations for more than 30 years, EDC continues to secure protection and public access for many of the most vital and prominent open spaces in the tri-counties.  EDC’s lawyers and analysts are this region’s leading experts in land preservation, and played a critical role in saving local treasures like the Ellwood Mesa, the Carpinteria Bluffs, the Hearst Ranch, and the Sedgwick Preserve.  In addition, EDC’s legal action secured federal protection for several local endangered species, including the tidewater goby, the California tiger salamander, and the red legged frog, as well as their habitats.

Our region’s creeks and rivers represent ecological lifelines for humans and wildlife, connecting our mountains, forests and coastline.  At EDC protection of open space and wildlife also means protecting and restoring our watersheds, which are the essential link between our terrestrial and marine ecosystems.  Healthy watersheds are critical to provide habitat for fish and wildlife, and clean water for our human and ecological communities.

Protecting our local open spaces and farms, and restoring our watersheds and ecosystems are at the core of EDC’s history and its future.

Learn more about our Open Space and Wildlife campaigns at our Current Cases page.

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