2022.04.21 | Happy Earth Day 2022!
Earth Day 2022 will bring together three environmental organizations that conserve and protect the natural and cultural resources of our beautiful Central Coast: Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, Greenspace Cambria, and Cambria Forest Committee. The Earth Day celebration will take place on Saturday, April 23, from 9am to 1pm, with a pop-up event at the south end of the Bluff Trail. Along with information and merchandise, each organization will share its mission and volunteer opportunities.
Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve (FFRP) protects and restores the 437-acre Ranch for its public access and ecological value. FFRP works with the Cambria Community Services District to ensure that operations are consistent with the Ranch Management Plan. FFRP also serves as a friends’ group. Between volunteers and paid staff, FFRP contributes around 6,000 hours toward the Ranch annually along with financial support for Ranch projects. FFRP’s focus is on maintaining safe public access, restoring habitat, and educating students and adults.
As a local land trust, Greenspace Cambria is committed to ensuring the environmental and cultural well-being of Cambria and San Luis Obispo County’s beautiful North Coast for residents, visitors, and future generations. Greenspace has three primary tasks: land preservation, environmental education, and resource and ecosystem advocacy. Greenspace owns and protects more than 20 properties, including forest, riparian, cultural, and marine resources.
Cambria Forest Committee is dedicated to the conservation of native Monterey pine forest in the Cambria area for scientific, historic, educational, recreational, agricultural, scenic, or open-space opportunities.
Earth Day was created in 1970 as a bipartisan effort to apply the energy of community protests to addressing environmental issues. A large oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara in 1969 was the catalyst. The result was the participation of 10% of American’s population in 1970 Earth Day events (equivalent to 33,000,000 people today), the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the ultimate passage of the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and Endangered Species Act. Today, Earth Day is the largest secular observance in the world, marked by more than a billion people every year.
Stop by on Saturday to meet board members of FFRP and Greenspace, learn more about environmental conservation on the Central Coast, and maybe pick up a new hat!
Article first published in https://cambriaca.org/