This historic 6,000-acre ranch lies in Santa Ynez Valley at the feet of Grass Mountain and Zaca Peak. “Duke” Sedgwick and his wife Alice bought the ranch in 1952. Following their deaths there were conflicting inheritance issues; the bulk of property was willed by Duke to UCSB and about 800 acres was willed by Alice to the Sedgwick children.
In the early 1990s, motivated by research scientists, The Oak Group, and other artists and preservationists, The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County led a “Save the Sedgwick” campaign and bought out the family heirs and donated the land to UCSB based on the provision that it would become a conservation easement forever protected from development. The UC Natural Reserve System has managed the Sedgwick Reserve since 1997. Today the Reserve is used extensively for research, arts and education programs, and has an organic orchard and vineyard operation.
To learn about the Reserve’s work and public access programs, contact the Sedgwick at (805) 686-1941 or visit http://nrs.ucop.edu/reserves/sedgwick/sedgwick.htm