It was down to the wire for the team at The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County as they huddled around the conference table awaiting news from their leadership staff, who attended the state Wildlife Conservation Board meeting, to hear if the $4 million dollar grant was awarded to complete the ambitious goal to raise $12 million dollars to purchase the 900-acre ranch known as the Pismo Preserve. The deadline to raise the money is the end of August.
With a resounding cry, “We did it!” Executive Director, Kaila Dettman, announced that The Land Conservancy just completed a historical and unprecedented coup to raise $12 million dollars in just six months.
"It was exciting to address the Wildlife Conservation Board in the State Capitol knowing that so many people back home were anxiously waiting for the news that would seal the fate of the Pismo Preserve. I am inspired by the Wildlife Conservation Board's decision to support our community's project and cannot wait to close this deal on behalf of the people and wildlife of our County. Make no mistake, the project spoke for itself and was a compelling place to protect, but our community's enthusiasm and outstanding support made this an easy decision for the Wildlife Conservation Board,” says Kaila Dettman, Executive Director of The Land Conservancy.....read more!
We had a great time camping at Lopez Lake County Park! See slideshow here:
Ride Nipomo is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting equestrian interests in South San Luis Obispo County, located on the central coast in California. Nipomo itself is a small, but very old, historic ranchland country nestled at the foot of a mountain range. We include members from all over who value the trails, the fun and the community building of this alliance.We work to maintain a healthy equine community and keep up existing riding trails. We actively seek the establishment and recognition of new trails as properties are developed and the area grows. An additonal goal is to ensure Nipomo continues to remain a horse "friendly" community while the personality of our community evolves with new developement.
Constant meetings with Planning and Zoning, as well as local community groups are necessary to maintain good relationship and keep reminding them that we moved here to be in an area where we CAN ride our horses! Our Board is active with these groups and continue to follow development by attending many meetings, and encourage the continuance of our existance. Each time a new development comes in, our officers make sure that horse access is considered.
Our event signs were donated by Robin McDonald of Avila Sign & Design (select image above for websight!)
Not only that, but also many members get out and physically dig, shovel, rake, haul chips to build and maintain trails not only on the roadsides but also in the developments that have trails designed into their community. Many hours are donated annually and we are always looking for more eager trail lovers to help us!
Work days and ride days are planned throughout the year - become a member or renew and check our newsletter for articles, updates and lots of riding information! Check out our Sponsors page for services of all kinds!
We still have some Ride Nipomo Shirts available in varying colors. Please call if you are interested in one. They are extremely reasonable.
Also we have some Ride Nipomo Saddle (or not) Purses available. Made by Artisan Karyn Cleary. $25.00 for larger ones, & $15.00 for the smaller ones. The purses will be available in two weeks, email firstname.lastname@example.org at that time. Money made from these goes into our trail maintenance, newsletters, & our website. Hopefully these will make excellent Christmas presents, or good friend gifts.
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