The many facets of the
Natural Resources Program
Greenbelt Preservation, Land Stewardship, Natural History Education, Environmental
Restoration, Environmental Mitigation, Project Assistance, and Training.
The City of San Luis Obispo is taking steps to effect the long-term preservation of its
scenic, natural setting. These steps make up the Greenbelt Protection Program.
Through this program the City acts to protect important resource lands and agricultural
lands through the purchase of land or easements, dedications associated with granting of
development entitlements, and acceptance of donations.
Prior to 1996, the
City owned about 1,050 acres of land as open space. Since 1996, the City
- Acquired 2,076
acres of land in fee for open space.
easements on 2,435 acres of agricultural or open space lands
- Protected or
enhanced over 10 miles of local waterways.
$3,100,000 of City general funds for acquisition/resource
- Matched the
general fund money with $4,600,000 in outside funds for
- Obtained land
dedications worth approximately $2,200,000.
easements worth $1.7 million from other sources.
The City frequently
works with the
of San Luis Obispo County in pursuing greenbelt protection projects. The City has also
partnered with the
Club to raise acquisition funds and to build trails in open space areas.
property that the City acquired in a
collaborative project with the Land Conservancy.
Land Stewardship. Working with the Environmental
Center of San Luis Obispo County, the SLO Stewards program was created to
empower citizens to help in restoration and management of the communitys open
spaces. ECOSLO's Natural San Luis
Program teaches people about the importance of preserving and protecting
San Luis Obispo's natural heritage. Program activities include nature
hikes, maintaining hiking trails, tree plantings and habitat
restoration, and other outdoor educational activities. In collaboration
with the City, ECOSLO publishes a quarterly
Natural History Education.
The City also has a Natural History Education program. City Staff and
volunteers lead walks and give talks to school and Scout groups, civic
groups, and the general public in the City’s parks and open space lands.
The City Rangers have regularly scheduled
hikes through City open space.
The trailhead at South Hills open space
Environmental Restoration takes advantage of development activities to build
creek restoration, tree plantings, and other natural habitat improvements into the
Significant efforts at habitat-friendly flood control, as well as riparian,
wetland, and in-stream habitat restoration are underway all along the length of San Luis
The City is involved in many projects of its own, and some of these have environmental
impacts which can be major. The City Council and staff are committed to providing
full and fair mitigation for the impacts of projects undertaken by the City. Some of these
can be very significant, such as some of the Citys road projects or water supply
projects. The Natural Resources Manager and Biologist work with project staff to avoid or reduce
environmental impacts of projects, and assist in developing mitigations for projects