Catalina Island Conservancy
Catalina Island Conservancy is a non profit organization, founded in 1972 by Philip K. and Helen Wrigley and Mrs. Dorothy Wrigley Offield, to preserve and restore Catalina Island's Natural History. On February 15, 1975, Philip Wrigley deeded 42,135 acres of the island from the Santa Catalina Island Company to the Catalina Island Conservancy. This includes 60 miles of coastline. This gave the Conservancy control of nearly 90 percent of the island. It is one of the oldest land trusts in California.
The balance of the Santa Catalina Island Company that was not deeded to the Conservancy maintains control of much of its resort properties and operations on the island.
[] Santa Catalina Island Conservancy v. County of Los Angeles, 1981
[]Santa Catalina Island Conservancy
In the News~
February 1, 2013 [RI/Avalon]: “The Catalina Island Conservancy was formed in 1972 and is the largest private land trust and one of the oldest in California. Its mission is to be a responsible steward of its lands through a balance of conservation, education and recreation. Through its ongoing efforts, the Conservancy protects the magnificent natural and cultural heritage of Santa Catalina Island, stewarding approximately 42,000 acres of land, 50 miles of rugged shoreline, an airport, mote than 80 miles of trails, and more than 200 miles of roads. Twenty miles from the mainland, the Island is a treasure trove of historical and archaeological sites, and numerous rare and endangered animals and plants. Fifty endemic species and counting reside on the Island including plants and animals found nowhere else in the world.”