March 2018 E-Letter

In this E-Letter…

  • 2018 Newsletter – HOT OFF THE PRESS! 
  • Jonathan Wygant re-joins HTO Board
  • Volunteers Tackle Debris Cleanup on Summerland Beach
  • Fantastic Fishes Cards Now Available on HTO website


Heal the Ocean’s 20th annual newsletter has hit the press – and will be arriving in your mailbox soon! This year’s newsletter features a cover painting by HTO Executive Director Hillary Hauser, from her series “Fantastic Fishes©.” The pages of the newsletter are filled with montages of many pictures from the past 20 years, along with stories from the Montecito Mudslide, the capping of Becker Well, and other HTO happenings. Click here to read the PDF version of the newsletter, or email to be added to our snail-mail list. Hooozah!


We are pleased to welcome Jonathan Wygant (a founding HTO Board member) back to our Board of Directors! Jonathan is CEO and founder of BigSpeak, Inc. the largest business-oriented agency/consultancy in North America focused on serving the Fortune 1000 and multinational companies worldwide.  BigSpeak provides inspirational speakers, thought leaders and subject matter experts to corporate event, and also facilitates strategic change initiatives and executive development programs through BigSpeak Consulting. Before founding BigSpeak, Jonathan was the CEO and co-founder of Iris Arc Crystal, an Inc. 500 international giftware manufacturing company headquartered in Santa Barbara, California. While at Iris Arc, he built the company to 5000 accounts, 120 employees and 135 sales reps nationwide.


From mid-February to mid-March, 2018,  volunteers organized by concerned citizen Claire Yusingco gathered at Summerland Beach to haul off the piles of debris that washed ashore after the January 9th Montecito Mudslide. Volunteers are working with the County Park rangers to take truckloads of debris up to a dumpster. These hard workers filled not 1, but 2(!) dumpsters, and have plans to carry on additional cleanups. If you are interested in helping future debris cleanups at Summerland beach, email Thank you, Claire Yusingco!



Hillary Hauser’s books on marine life and underwater adventure include Skin Diver Magazine’s Book of Fishes, compiled from a monthly feature Hillary wrote for the magazine over many years. She got to know marine fishes down to every gill and stripe, so began to paint them. Her “Fantastic Fishes©” art has been exhibited in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, and of the 200+ pieces she created during her painting days, Hillary sold most of them.

Available now in HTO’s online store: - Gift boxes of Fantastic Fishes Cards, 8 images to a box, with envelopes and complete with the popular Pufferfish on the cover of the box, tied with black elastic bow. These make great gifts! $15.00 per box.


Just as Abe Powell’s Bucket Brigade has consistently and steadily dug the mud out of house after house in Montecito, with volunteers working “with their own two hands,” as Ben Harper and Jack Johnson sang at Jack’s Bowl concert on Sunday, March 18, the same goes for our beaches, which have been badly battered by the recent storms. Each pair of hands can do much! And nobody has to wait for an official organized beach cleanup to make this happen. Come by the HTO Office and get a pair of sturdy gloves and strong garbage bag, and that next beach you drive by, POUNCE on it, with your own two hands...and let’s see how fast the beaches start to sparkle again! Email for your gloves and bags.