Gaviota Givings Delivers Ranch-Raised Pork

Sixth-Generation Farmer Guner Tautrim Selling Sausage, Shoulders, Ham Steaks, and More


Gaviota Givings Delivers Ranch-Raised Pork

Guner and Heidi Tautrim raise pigs with their sons on a Gaviota Coast ranch that’s been in the family since 1866. | Credit: Daniel Dreifuss


Here is a great article in the Santa Barbara Independent about our own Guner Tautrim and his ranch!



Counting Sheep

If your mind is taking you to dark places as you drift off to sleep, try counting sheep. About a week ago, I took a break from making fabric masks for my daughter and her coworkers in a local health care facility. I’d heard about the sheep grazing up on Elings hill and decided I would go take a look. It was easy to keep my distance from families who were marveling at these woolly wonders. There were moms, dads and baby sheep, about 275 of them including newborns, gnawing on green vegetation and helping the neighborhood with fire prevention.  The scene was idyllic and I felt transported to the French countryside. I’ve been up there about every day since.

Gaviota Coast Sheep with Big View


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Gaviota Coast Walks

To All Coastal Walkers,

My wife and I are confirmed walkers and we’ve noticed a large number of people walking in this era of the coronavirus. It’s a healthy habit and very therapeutic in times of stress and uncertainty. In that spirit, I put together three walks you can take on the Gaviota Coast that can be tailored to your own ability and that provide space for social distancing. Mornings are the best time for being about on the Gaviota Coast to avoid the afternoon west winds of springtime.

Clicking on the links will take you to a two-page description of each of the three walks.

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A Walk in the time of Coronavirus

The best prescription for your general wellbeing, assuming you are adhering to social distancing and washing your hands more than you think you need to, is to take a walk. Let me suggest one that is close by, but may not be on your radar.

The Gaviota Coast provides numerous wonderful strolls, walks, and hikes. The closest one to most of the residents of the South Coast is Coal Oil Point Reserve, part of the UC Natural Reserve System, and the adjacent UCSB North Campus Open Space.

Coal Oil Point Reserve, Sands Beach, Devereux Slough Outlet and the Gaviota Coast, Phil McKenna

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GCC Coronavirus Response Hub

Gaviota Coast Conservancy,

through a grant from ESRI,

Jack Dangermond's GIS mapping software company,

has made available a hub for Coronavirus information.



View the GCC Coronavirus Response Hub here.


Stay Healthy and Well!

We’re in this together!


Settlement for 2015 Santa Barbara Oil Spill

Pipeline company to pay more than $60 million for 2015 oil spill near Santa Barbara

A pipeline company has agreed to pay more than $60 million, and change its operations, to settle litigation arising from an oil spill that gushed from one of its lines in 2015, north of Refugio State Beach near Santa Barbara, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.


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Hollister Ranch Coastal Access Program Workshop

You're Invited to Workshop #1


The following workshop invitation is being made by four California State Agencies as a result of AB 1680, Limón. Coastal lands: public access program: Hollister Ranch. The agencies are the California Coastal Commission, State Coastal Conservancy, State Lands Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation. 

The Hollister Ranch Coastal Access Program (HRCAP) planning team invites you to participate in our upcoming interactive public workshop! The HRCAP is a multi-agency effort that will lead to the creation of a shared vision for future public access to the Hollister Ranch coastline.

The focus of the first workshop will be on small group conversations that will inform the substance and process for developing a proposed access program. The discussions will include such topics as the benefits, opportunities and concerns that surround increased coastal access at Hollister Ranch.

Please join us at the Goleta Valley Community Center on Thursday, February 20 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. See the attached flyer for more information. We hope to see you there!

We also ask that you help us by filling out this survey about the Hollister Ranch Coastal Access Program planning process. It is the first of a series of surveys that will be one way for the public to share their opinions on the access planning.

Please forward to others that may be interested. Thank you!






AB1680 Signed by Governor Gavin Newsom

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Wednesday a bill designed to open the elusive beaches at Hollister Ranch — a significant move forward under his administration on an issue that has stalled for decades in the face of powerful landowners.

Newsom signs bill to open Hollister Ranch beaches to the public




Goodbye, friend: GCC Board Director Ed Easton

Ed Easton had a long and illustrious career with the Sierra Club and National Wildlife Federation on the East Coast prior to his “retirement” to the South Coast in 2000. Ed was active with numerous local organizations and causes, serving on the Goleta Design Review Board, Planning Commission and then City Council, including a term as mayor in 2012. He also joined the Board of Directors with Gaviota Coast Conservancy in January 2004.

Over the past 15 years, Ed served on GCC’s Land Use Committee, and played a leading role in shaping the Conservancy’s responses to design issues for virtually every building project proposed on the Gaviota Coast. Ed made dozens of appearances before the County’s Board of Architectural Review, Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. He met with innumerable applicants and counseled them on how to design their projects to fit into the Gaviota Coast’s natural landscape, rather than being imposed upon it.

Ed served on a number of GCC’s committees, and last year chaired the Land Use Committee. He was an active participant in GCC’s programs and an important voice in GCC’s decision to hire its first Executive Director earlier this year. The GCC family offers its deepest condolences to Ed’s wife Kai and two sons, and expresses its utmost appreciation for Ed’s many years of committed and effective service to the Gaviota Coast and our community. Goodbye to a respected friend and colleague. 

Independent: Former Goleta Mayor Ed Easton Dies

Edhat: Former Goleta Mayor Ed Easton Passes Away 

Longtime City Councilman Ed Easton Dies at 83


GCC is Honoring Jack and Laura Dangermond

On September 21, 2019, the Gaviota Coast Conservancy will honor Jack and Laura Dangermond for their outstanding conservation work at Coastal Legacy 2019


Jack and Laura Dangermond

In 2017, Jack and Laura preserved in perpetuity the largest privately owned ranch on the Gaviota Coast. The Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve now protects over 24,000 acres in Santa Barbara County.

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