Posts by Anne Burdette

Hidden Valley Property Should Be Restored, Not Developed

Opinion piece published on Edhat. The 12.5 acre Hidden Valley school property at the end of Palermo Drive has benefited people and wildlife alike for many years by providing peaceful open space. The Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD), which owns the property, plans to build a farm with the addition of classrooms, paved roads,…

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What Happens to Creeks During the Rain?

What Happens to Creeks During the Rain? During the recent rain, you may have noticed rushing water in some of Santa Barbara’s creeks.  Creeks are important features in any landscape because they channel water from rain and natural springs into larger bodies of water, including the ocean.  Channelized or otherwise altered creeks, or those taken…

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Why Should We Protect Our Local Habitats?

Why Should We Protect Our Local Habitats? Santa Barbara County includes multiple types of habitat, including riparian areas, chaparral, oak woodland, and others. Preserving these habitats is beneficial to not only the wild animals and plants that live in them, but the human population too. What kinds of habitat can be found in Santa Barbara?…

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