County contributing $1.1 million for Pismo Preserve purchase

May 20, 2014

Area of the proposed Pismo Preserve
Credit The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County - video still

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to use $1.1 million dollars as part of an effort to buy land that could one day make up the Pismo Preserve.

"Thrillingly we just approved $1.1 million!" Supervisor Adam Hill, whose district includes the proposed project, said in an email to KCBX.

The money will come from a fund known as the Park Public Facility Fee.

The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County said 15 teenagers from Nipomo and New Tech High Schools addressed the board with a variety of examples of how the preserve would benefit the county.

The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County requested the assistance last month, as part of the group's overall goal of raising $10 million dollars by July 1.

The group still needs more than 1.2 million in funding through community donations.

The preserve would consist of 900 hillside acres northeast of Pismo Beach and Highway 101, with views of the Five Cities area.