Lloyd Properties, which owns 2,154 acres of land on the Ventura hillsides from two trees east, has made a donation of 860 acres to the Rancho San Buenaventura Conservation Trust, founded by Richard Atmore in 2014. The trust was created to “preserve Ventura County’s rangeland, farms, air and water quality, wildlife habitat and local food supplies.”

“The Rancho San Buenaventura Conservation Trust was established to protect what matters most to the citizens of Ventura County: our quality of life,” Atmore said in a press release. “The Trust is grateful to Lloyd Properties for their partnership and donation.”

Atmore, who has worked for the Lloyd family for more than 30 years, approached the family in 2014 about donating the land for conservation and protection.

This is the first sizable hillside land donation in the city of Ventura.

“The donation of this parcel of land to the Rancho San Buenaventura Conservation Trust is a significant event for the Lloyd family,” said Gary Brummett, president of Lloyd Properties. “It provides a public benefit in perpetuity that preserves open space and recognizes the agricultural heritage of the land. We are proud to be part of it and could not ask for better stewards than Rich and Bonnie Atmore.”

Accorning to a written statement, there would be structured public access to the property. Bonnie Atmore, said that the public would be able to hike on the property but did not clarify when or how much of the property would be accessible. She deferred back to Richard who was unavailable for comment at press time.

Atmore continues to raise cattle on the hillsides and backcountry of Ventura. The Lloyd family has a history of land donation, including what are now Arroyo Verde Park and the Ventura Poinsettia Pavilion.  

“We certainly support land conservation in our area and look forward to learning more about this organization and their plans for the property,” said Derek Poultney, executive director of the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy.   

The press release directs readers to visit www.venturaconservation.com for more information.  According the 2015 Form 990 revenue filing, the Rancho San Buenaventura Conservation Trust had assets of $103,500.

This article will be updated.