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Cambria Land Trust sees green 

The Cambria Land Trust, or Greenspace, announced Monday a $225,000 gift from an anonymous donor, which will allow the nonprofit group to pay off its mortgage on the 1.6-acre “Creekside Reserve� in the East Village of Cambria within 15 months.

Greenspace needed $300,000 to own the property outright and make necessary improvements. They had planned to raise that money through a Capital Campaign this winter, and this gift already puts them just $75,000 away from their goal.

“This gift makes it possible for us to move forward much more quickly in making the improvements needed so that we can open the property to the public,� Greenspace President Wayne Attoe said in a press release.

As additional funding becomes available, Greenspace hopes to implement a long list of improvements on the creekside property. Current plans include a trail leading from Center Street to Santa Rosa Creek that will help people enjoy the natural attributes of the property, a lookout platform above the creek, and a nursery and greenhouse to support Greenspace work in propagating disease-resistant Monterey pine seedlings and other native plants. The land trust would also like to restore the historical Chinese “temple� near Center Street and move it to a permanent site 150 feet south.

A local nonprofit organization since 1988, Greenspace has a mission to protect and enhance the ecology of the Central Coast through land acquisition and management, public education, and advocacy. ³

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