On the Central Coast, citizens, agriculturalists, and local policy makers have long recognized the importance of agriculture to their communities, and understand that land use choices and decisions impact not only the owners of the land but also the lives of neighbors and the community at large. A history of interest in managing development and growth and in preserving the physical and social amenities of open spaces and rural areas has long been a high priority to policy makers, public officials, and citizens in San Luis Obispo County. ACTION for Healthy Communities reports that in San Luis Obispo County from 2002 to 2010, 3,995 acres or 6.2 square miles of agricultural land were converted to urban use.
There are many benefits to local land conservation, economic, environmental, health and social to name just a few. Host Fred Munroe is joined by Kaila Dettman, Executive Director, and Daniel Bohlman, Conservation Director, with the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County to discuss this issue in our communities.
Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.