San Luis Obispo County is fortunate to encompass the breathtaking scenery of both land and sea. While urbanization and crowded populations make pure and unpolluted beaches a rarity, one of our nation’s most spectacular coastal landscapes lies right in our backyard where it remains largely untouched by modern advancements.

The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes, spanning roughly 20 miles between the San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, hosts a variety of rare and endangered wildlife. These coastal dune habitat are a place of beauty, wilderness, and history. In order to permanently preserve this world-class natural landmark, the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County purchased 172 acres of such land at Paradise Beach North from the Tognazzini Family who has owned the property for over 100 years.

“The future of this property is not about me or any individual. It is all about setting a good future for this precious land, and I believe this coordinated effort has accomplished just that. This is a great asset to conserving a great piece of California.” Tognazzini Family member

Although it was a difficult decision to part with the property, the 42 Tognazzini Family property owners eventually agreed to permanently conserve the land as part of a wilderness legacy. Today, this stunning property remains under permanent protection by the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County and our partners at Santa Barbara County Parks.

“Dad always said, ‘Susie, this land should belong to everyone; it should not be developed.’ Now his wish has come true, and the land belongs to everyone.” Susan Duran, one of the Tognazzini Family co-owners

The protection of Paradise Beach North complements our previous conservation of 143 acres at Paradise Beach South. Both land parcels were fundamental to completing the Point Sal Reserve Management Plan, which called for the permanent protection of 800 acres of coastal dunes habitat and open space.

Tognazzini Project Highlights

  • Conserves 172 acres of pristine coastline and dunes
  • Expands existing public lands in Point Sal Area
  • Contiguous landscape blocks
  • Protects wildlife habitat and migration corridors
  • Preserves one mile of unspoiled, white sand beach
  • Provides homes for ten state or federally protected species
  • Honors a family’s homestead heritage
  • Serves as a nesting site for seabirds and overwintering Monarch butterflies

Project Funding Partners

  • California State Coastal Conservancy
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program
  • U.S. Department of Defense: Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative for Vandenberg Air Force Base
  • Guadalupe Natural Resources Restoration Trust
  • The Santa Barbara Foundation: Jack & Judy Stapelmann and Jack & Sheri Overall

The communities of San Luis Obsipo and Santa Barabara Counties now have access to more breathtaking scenic vistas, coastal open space, and wildlife habitat in the southernmost portion of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes. Find out how you can explore this special place on your own.