When Jim Boucher, park manager for the Piedras Blancas Light Station, died in November, shell-shocked friends, family and members of the Piedras Blancas Light Station Association knew they wanted to create a permanent memorial to him and all he had accomplished in his eight years on the job at a place he loved.
The association’s board of directors announced Jan. 21 that it has established a memorial fund to honor the late manager who inspired so many. Donations will help re-create a gate that stood at the light station’s entrance in the 19th century.
“Symbolically, and visibly,” said Carole Adams, Piedras Blancas Light Station volunteer coordinator, “the replica entrance gate is an appropriate project to designate as a tribute to Boucher.”
Those wishing to contribute can make tax-deductible donations.
Boucher completed several historic restoration and reconstruction projects at the light station and developed an educational outreach program. Boucher was instrumental in designating more than 400 acres surrounding the light station as an Outstanding Natural Area within the Bureau of Land Management Natural Landscape Conservation System.
Under Boucher’s leadership, public tours of the light station were expanded to six days a week during the summer. More than 45,000 visitors have taken public tours at Piedras Blancas Light Station since 2008.
According to David Cooper, PBLSA board chairman, the group “gathered ideas for a suitable memorial from groups that Boucher worked with, including association members, the Bureau of Land Management, light station volunteers, and community and nonprofit partners.”
How to donate
Donations payable to “PBLSA Jim Boucher Memorial Fund” should be sent to Piedras Blancas Light Station Association, Jim Boucher Memorial Fund, c/o Harry Thorpe, P.O. Box 127, San Simeon, CA 93452.