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Jack, Laura Dangermond Donate $165M for California Coastline

Jack, Laura Dangermond Donate $165M for California Coastline

This Oct. 27, 2017, photo provided by The Nature Conservancy shows the coastline near Point Conception, Calif. (The Nature Conservancy via AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 27 December 2017 10:48 AM

Jack and Laura Dangermond donated $165 million to The Nature Conservancy in an effort to preserve a pristine stretch of California's coastline.

The tech billionaires' donation is the single largest private donation made to the conservancy and, according to the Business Insider, went toward the purchase and permanent protection of the 24,000-acre Cojo/Jalama Ranch at Point Conception in Santa Barbara County.

"This is an incredibly rare, ecologically important place with eight miles of coast and centuries-old coastal oak woodlands," Jack Dangermond, president and co-founder of mapping and spatial-analysis technology company Esri, said in a statement. "This deserves to be preserved and managed by an organization like The Nature Conservancy."

The Dangermonds fell in love with the stretch of land while out camping during their honeymoon in the 1960s.

"We both fell in love with it," said Jack Dangermond, according to Forbes. "It is a kind of landscape which is not only scenic and beautiful, it is also home to over 50 rare and endangered species."

The privately owned land was sold to real estate developers for $140 million in 2007, sparking concern among conservationists, Business Insider noted.

Although the stretch remains undeveloped, The Nature Conservancy can now ensure it remains protected land.

"It's amazing that we are able to protect this place," said Mike Sweeney, executive director of the Conservancy's California chapter, per Forbes. "When we look at incredible places like this we get excited. The price tag makes it difficult. Without Jack and Laura, this place would not be a preserve. That speaks to the power of individual action to make things happen."

The iconic piece of land, which is home to at least 39 species of threatened or special status including 14 endangered species, will be named The Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve, The Nature Conservancy noted.

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