You would never know it based on the number of people who tramp on a daily basis across the natural beauty that is Hot Springs Canyon, but that idyllic and mostly untouched expanse of oaks, sycamores, chaparral, and creeks and peaks is private property with a very real potential for development.
Enter the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County and its plan to protect all 462 acres of the property in perpetuity. In a press conference this week surrounded by the very neck of woods they hope to save, the local open space-saving outfit officially kicked off its public campaign to raise the final $1.9 million it needs to need to buy the parcel, which includes Montecito Peak, and turn it over to the U.S. Forest Service—whose Los Padres National Forest borders the land to the north and the east—so it can be enjoyed by the public for generations to come. “Our goal is pretty much to keep the property just the way it is,” summed up Michael Feeney, executive director of the Land Trust.
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