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The City of San Luis Obispo is proud of its natural setting.  In 1995, to bring greater guidance and a more proactive approach to the City's resource protection efforts, the Natural Resources Protection Program was created.  The fundamental purpose of the program is to conserve, enhance, and restore important community natural resources. 


Today, the City of San Luis Obispo:

  • Operates 12 large (30-700 acres) open space lands that are available for passive recreation. The City additionally operates numerous smaller areas.

  • Holds 9 major conservation easements for habitat, recreational, and agricultural purposes.

  • Continues restoration activities in many areas of open space lands and along San Luis Obispo Creek.

Laguna Lake Natural Reserve Conservation Plan - Plans, Presentations, and Background Documents

Review the following Open Space Conservation Plans:

Wildflowers of San Luis Obispo, CA


Color photos of more than 290 wildflowers that grow in and around the City of San Luis Obispo appear in this field guide, developed by the City of San Luis Obispo Natural Resources Program and the San Luis Obispo chapter of the California Native Plant Society. To purchase a copy for $14.00, visit the Finance counter in City Hall. If you would like to have the book shipped, please send a check for $16.00 to:

City Of San Luis Obispo, Natural Resources
990 Palm St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Natural Resources Manager
Robert Hill

City Biologist
Freddy Otte

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