These married tech billionaires donated $165 million to preserve a pristine stretch of California's coastline

Business Insider | 12/26/2017 | Julie Bort
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Jack and Laura Dangermond, tech billionaires known as the parents of the digital mapping industry, have made the single largest private donation to The Nature Conservancy to date.

They've given $165 million so the Conservancy can purchase an iconic, pristine stretch of undeveloped coastline in California.

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This is the spot where California bends inland. It can be seen from space.

Not all tech billionaires have been known to act with such generosity when it comes to California's ecological wonders.

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Here's a feel good story for your holiday season. In the single largest philanthropic gift The Nature Conservancy says it has ever received, tech moguls Jack and Laura Dangermond are donating $165 million to the organization.

The money is earmarked to purchase and permanently protect an iconic, pristine stretch of California's coastline: the 24,000-acre Cojo/Jalama Ranch at Point Conception in Santa Barbara County. The land includes eight miles of coastline and centuries-old coastal oaks.

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This land is the point where California's coast bends inward, and is visible from space. It's a rare mix of warm and cold water that is home to at least 39 species of threatened or special status, the Nature Conservancy says. Animal life includes whales, porpoises, mountain lions and Monarch butterflies. Some people go as far as to say that this spot is more beautiful than the national parks Yosemite or Yellowstone.

The married Dangermonds, known for their outdoorsy ways, fell in love with this land in the 1960's during their honeymoon coastal camping trip, they told Forbes' Miguel Helft.

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