Hammonds Meadow County
OpenSpace Preserve Project Team
County of Santa Barbara
The Hammond’s Meadow County Open Space Preserve is owned by the County of Santa Barbara and managed by County Parks staff, which are part of the Department of Community Services. Jeff Lingren is our primary contact at County Parks.
Channel Islands Restoration
Channel Islands Restoration (CIR), a Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit with extensive experience in coastal restoration projects along the Central and Southern California Coast. As a qualified charity, they can accept gifts and grants from public and private sources, and they have a team of staff and volunteers that can actually do the work in the field. Their project history includes invasive weed control and restoration on each of the Channel Islands, as well as weed eradication and restoration work at Arroyo Burro Creek, Arroyo Hondo Preserve, Carpinteria Creek, Gaviota Coast, Lake Los Carneros, More Mesa, San Marcos Foothills, Santa Clara River and Santa Ynez River, among others.
- Ken Owen is the Executive Director of CIR and he will be managing the project finances and administration.
- Wayne Ferren is the Principal Ecologist for CIR and is the project biologist. He has extensive experience in working on restoration projects along the California Coast. He is the primary author of our draft plan.
Van Atta Associates
Susan Van Atta, landscape architect, and her award winning landscape architecture and planning firm have been involved in this project from the beginning, and she continues to provide leadership in the design of native and sustainable landscaping throughout Southern California.
As manager of cultural resources for Dudek, he is their lead archeologist and has many years of archaeological work experience along the Central Coast. He served as Santa Barbara County archeologist and cultural resources program manager for almost 10 years. He is an adjunct professor in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of California Santa Barbara.
A former board chair of both the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County, he has negotiated and raised funds for several land conservation projects in Santa Barbara County, including Carpinteria Bluffs, Arroyo Hondo Preserve and Sedgwick Ranch Preserve. As a neighbor to the project site, he is volunteering his time to serve as project coordinator and fundraiser. He is a retired attorney whose practice focused on land use and environmental law.