One week ago, Ventura was forever changed by the Thomas Fire. Ventura Land Trust was very lucky. No one on our staff or Board of Trustees lost their home, our office at the Poinsettia Pavilion still stands and many people have stepped up with offers of love, support, and assistance.
Please know, that our hearts are with all of you. We love this community and for the past 15 years have worked tirelessly to protect what makes it beautiful. We know that it will be beautiful again!
Our thoughts go out to the more 7,000 brave first responders, firefighters and every day heroes from around the country who continue battling the relentless flames. We are humbled by their bravery and have faith that they will soon bring the fire under control.
Today, we are taking time to clean the ash from our office, assess the damage to our preserves and, most importantly, count our blessings. In the coming weeks and months, as our community heals and the rebuilding begins, we will need your help. Burned areas will be cleared, trees will be planted, wildlife will return and eventually, the rains will come bringing an abundance of wildflowers.
Keep an eye on our website for future opportunities to help us heal the land. We are forever #VenturaStrong.