2021 Annual Report
Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve (FFRP) is pleased to share the 2021 Annual Report with members, donors, volunteers, and neighbors. Last year was an impressively productive year for FFRP as the community emerged from the pandemic. The report is full of the latest information, updates, and reports on FFRP’s projects, financial status, and plans.
Volunteers are always the biggest story at FFRP. In 2021, they contributed more than 3,550 hours. Using the national average for the value of volunteer labor, that comes to more than $100,000 in time contributed to sustaining and restoring the Ranch. In addition, FFRP was able to supply more than $75,000 in direct financial support for projects across the Ranch.
Highlights have been reported in cambriaca.org throughout the year, including the return of monarchs and the planting of native trees on the East Ranch. Recovery from last January’s storm was a major focus during the year, as was gathering baseline data for restoration. Diligent weeding by intrepid volunteers created the opportunity for the return of native plants.
The resumption of the well-liked educational programs for students, adults, and families has been a welcome step toward pre-pandemic life. In fact, Leffingwell High School students visited the Ranch last week, and three docent walks are offered in April. In addition, FFRP restarted its popular pop-ups and has expanded programming to include regular star-gazing events.
Public access is an essential service of the Ranch, and everyone was thrilled to have the no longer needed COVID-19 restrictions removed. What a delightful day that was! FFRP launched a bell-lending program to bicyclists so that everyone could enjoy a safer visit. Another long-awaited achievement was restoration of access to the Wallbridge Trail.
One of the main functions of an annual report is to thank supporters whose generosity–donations of time, energy, innovative ideas, or financial support–is the reason the Ranch was saved, why it thrives today, and how it will be preserved in perpetuity.