Santa Barbara County Blueprint
How do you collectively conserve the landscapes and biodiversity that make Santa Barbara County special, while also maintaining the livability for all local residents? The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County, the Santa Barbara Foundation LEAF (Landscapes, Ecosystems, Agriculture, and Food Systems) Initiative, and the Cachuma Resource Conservation District came together to answer that question. Together they developed the Santa Barbara County Conservation Blueprint (Blueprint) and online Atlas. The purpose of the Blueprint is to provide a common language and platform for publicly available data to support in-depth conversations and informed decisions about the Santa Barbara County landscape.
The Blueprint presents conservation topics within four thematic areas- water, flora and fauna, agriculture and ranchlands, and community and the land- and describes the impacts of climate change on each topic. The online Atlas provides nearly 300 publicly available science-based datasets that can be viewed as maps as well as analyzed and shared to promote better understanding of land use and natural resources.
The Blueprint report and companion online Atlas mapping tool are the result of nearly two years of design, research, data collection, interviews, focus groups, and public input meetings by over 200 community members and offer a first step toward understanding Santa Barbara County’s current environmental conditions.
Together the Blueprint and Atlas will support, impartial, science-based decisions that sustain the long-term health of the local landscape and benefit the community as a whole. CBI partnered with Ag Innovations to support this process for Santa Barbara County. This process was also guided by a 13-member Steering Committee representing agriculture, conservation, resource management, and the natural sciences
Pamela Doiron, a rancher from The Spanish Ranch in Cuyama Valley and a member of the Blueprint Steering Committee said, ”The Blueprint is the first impartial, complete, up-to-date source of data that has been fully vetted and verified and made available to everyone, not just a single interest group. From urban areas to watersheds, public lands, rangelands, and agriculture, the Blueprint describes, in easy to understand terms, the resources of Santa Barbara County — fully descriptive and not prescriptive. It is my hope that when future decisions are made that affect all of us in Santa Barbara County, we will make sound, informed evaluations based on this common information.”
The CBI Team supporting this project consists of John Gallo, Dustin Pearce, and Annie Prisbrey. Visit www.sbcblueprint.net to learn more about the Blueprint project, view and download the complete Blueprint report and the executive summary, and explore the online Atlas. If you have questions about the Blueprint, please email the Blueprint planning team at firstname.lastname@example.org