The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County has been at the forefront of countywide land conservation for more than 30 years, conserving nearly 30,000 acres of wild and agricultural land and building lasting partnerships with community groups and local farm and ranch families.

In August, The Land Trust celebrated its second accreditation renewal after successfully undergoing a rigorous review of financial management and conservation practices.

“We are proud of our re-accreditation. This rigorous process ensures that we have the tools and processes in place to ensure our Land Trust’s longevity for our members, donors and land partners,” said Joe Weiland, Land Trust treasurer and managing partner at Arlington Financial Advisors.

The Land Trust was among a small group of the nation’s first land trusts to become accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent arm of the Land Trust Alliance, established to certify strong, professional land trusts, foster public confidence in land conservation, and help ensure the long-term protection of land.

For the Land Trust there is no greater recognition than accreditation. The certification distinguishes the organization for adherence to high ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust.

“When a land trust takes on an easement to protect land it is an agreement that does not end. Forever is a big responsibility,” Weiland said. “The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County was built for this responsibility.

“The accreditation process is a way for all of our community partners to know that we are up for the task of preserving our agricultural, and natural lands for generations to come,”

Since 1985, The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County has worked with community groups, willing landowners and others to conserve, restore and manage open space, wildlife habitat, and family farms and ranches throughout the county.

To date, the Land Trust has helped to preserve nearly 30,000 acres of natural resource, working and recreational land, including the Arroyo Hondo Preserve, Point Sal, Sedgwick Reserve, and the new Rincon Bluffs Preserve. Learn more at