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Conservancy nears goal to buy Pismo Preserve

An oak tree frames the view from the proposed 900-acre Pismo Preserve.
An oak tree frames the view from the proposed 900-acre Pismo Preserve. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Conservationists are closing in on their goal to raise $12 million by the end of August to purchase the 900-acre Pismo Preserve.

The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County still has $950,000 to raise by the end of August to reach its goal, said Kaila Dettman, the group’s executive director.

The group is hoping to fill the gap with private donations as well as contributions from the Regional Water Quality Control Board and the city of San Luis Obispo.

The effort got a boost recently when the trust of the late Harold J. Miossi donated $100,000. Miossi was a San Luis Obispo rancher, public servant and conservationist.

“This gift is one of the two largest private contributions given to the project to date, and we are grateful for the trust’s leadership and vision,” Dettman said.

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