(Featured photo by Susan Lyon)
CLC is pleased to announce that we are engaged in negotiations with representatives of the Chevron Corp. regarding conservation possibilities for its property between Cayucos and Morro Bay.
CLC is partnering with the Trust for Public Lands (TPL) and the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County (LCSLO). TPL, www.tpl.org, is a national conservation organization with significant experience in the Cayucos area. TPL purchased the Estero Bluffs in 1997 and then deeded the property to California State Parks and CLC in 1999. TPL has superior resources, experience and leadership to bring to bear in the negotiations with Chevron. The LCSLO, www.lcslo.org, is a countywide conservation organization with an excellent reputation and very experienced leadership. CLC is very pleased to be working with these high quality conservation organizations on a project that is so important to the people of Cayucos.
Chevron, which owns approximately 3,000 acres between Cayucos and Morro Bay, is interested in selling that property. Some of the Chevron parcels (primarily north of Toro Creek Road) have been for sale for over a year. Three of those have sold – two to the Cayucos Sanitary District. The remaining parcels are the subject of our negotiations.
Chevron and the Conservation Partners are working to find a mutually beneficial arrangement that would satisfy Chevron’s need to maximize return on their investment and satisfy the Partners’ desire to meet their conservation goals. CLC, TPL and LCSLO have identified four primary conservation goals:
The goal of all the parties is to reach a mutually acceptable agreement as soon as possible – if possible. And we probably won't know if it's possible for a year or more.