CARMEL, Calif. (AP) _ Clint Eastwood and his former wife sure made someone's day.

They planned to give a $6 million gift to the Big Sur Land Trust, payable in the transfer of a 134-acre parcel of ranch property on scenic coastal Highway 1 in Monterey County. Sixty-three of 73 lots in a subdivision of the actor-director's ranch will be kept as open space.

``We were very enthusiastic to work with the Big Sur Land Trust because of all the wonderful things they have done for our community,'' Eastwood said Thursday.

The ranch is among several pieces of county property Eastwood and his former wife, Maggie _ who remains his business partner _ have donated or decided not to develop.

``I have enjoyed living on the Monterey Peninsula since 1963 and have always thought it was one of nature's most beautiful jewels,'' Maggie Eastwood said.