Kaila Dettman has become the first woman to lead the non-profit Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County in the organization’s 28-year history.
Dettman becomes executive director Nov. 9, replacing Bob Hill, who is
taking a job as natural resources manager for the city of San Luis
Obispo, replacing Neal Havlik.
Dettman has been deputy director since April 2010. In that role, she
oversaw the organization’s fiscal budgeting and day-to-day operations,
while managing the restoration program and its staff.
Dettman holds a B.S. in Animal Science with a minor in Rangeland
Resources and an M.S. in Watershed Hydrology and Soil Conservation
from Cal Poly. She is a certified professional in erosion and sediment
The Board of Trustees chose Dettman unanimously. Other former Land Conservancy executive directors include: Brian Stark (2004-2010), Ray Belknap (1991-2004) and John Ashbaugh (1984-1991).
The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County is a local nonprofit
land trust working to protect and restore special landscapes for the
benefit of people and wildlife. It says its efforts help protect
drinking water sources, prevent poorly planned development, restore
wildlife habitat and promote family farmlands and ranches in our
It says that since 1984, it has led collaborative efforts to permanently protect more than 14,000 acres of land in the county.