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Nature Conservancy gets 24,000-acre Point Conception land donation




Point Conception, Santa Barbara County.
Point Conception, Santa Barbara County.
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Thanks to the generosity of one couple, the Nature Conservancy acquired about 24,000 acres of coastal land in Santa Barbara County on Thursday. Local entrepreneurs Jack and Laura Dangermond, gave the Conservancy a gift of $165 million to buy the Cojo-Jalama Ranches, which include sacred Chumash sites, a cattle ranch, coastal prairies and beaches.

The purchase is intended to protect the area from development. Take Two host A Martinez spoke with Nature Conservancy executive director Mike Sweeney to learn more about the land's history and plans for its future.