The Coast Dairies property, owned for a century by the Coast Dairies & Land Company, was the third-largest privately held piece of the California coast from San Francisco to the Mexican border. This unique 7,000-acre property surrounds the small town of
Davenport and boasts six watersheds and more than seven miles
of coastal resources, including beaches, hundreds of acres of
agricultural lands, redwood forests, and endangered species habitat.
When TPL bought Coast Dairies
in 1998, the property was on the verge of becoming a 139-home subdivision. Instead, it has become one of the largest
coastal properties in
California to both receive permanent protection and provide public
The 407 acres of
rocky coastline and coastal bluffs was conveyed in August 2006 to State Parks. The forested inland acres remain in the ownership of Coast Dairies & Land
Co., with various parcels leased for sustainable farming.
Coast Dairies represents a significant recreational and cultural resource
for Santa Cruz County, joining a string of existing protected areas to add 13 miles to the California Coastal Trail. When complete, the trail will follow the coast from Oregon to Mexico for 1,300 miles.
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