Chao Land Acquisition

Sensitive habitat, coastal vistas, several public trails and rare geological features are preserved through this long-coveted acquisition near Alta Laguna Park.

Acquisition Date: May 2007 | Size of Acquisition: 60 acres | Cost of Acquisition: $1,500,000

Comprising some of the most important habitat, public trail connections and scenic vistas in the wilderness park system, the 60-acre Chao acquisition protects a crucial open space property prioritized for preservation since the 1980s.

The property supports high-quality coastal sage scrub and a variety of sensitive flora and fauna, including threatened coastal California gnatcatcher. Notably, preservation of the Chao property solves a “missing link” for coastal access and connects thousands of acres of inland wilderness and trails to within one mile of the coast.