The Cambrian

In Brief: State Parks panel sets two local meeting; Democratic fundraiser planned in Cambria; Plant workshop supports open studios

State Parks panel sets two local meetings

Some waters off Cambria may become State Parks’ first state marine park. California’s Park and Recreation Commission will meet on two consecutive days in Cambria soon to decide if that will happen.

Commissioners, staff and members of the public are to gather first at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16, for a briefing and field trip to discuss having State Parks take on responsibility for the Cambria State Marine Conservation Area, currently under the auspices of the Department of Fish and Game. The area from the bottom of Fiscalini Ranch Preserve to Pico Point would be renamed Cambria State Marine Park would then become the agency’s first marine park.

Commercial fishing still would be banned there. Sport fishing and other recreational uses would be allowed.

The commission then is to meet at 9 a.m. the next day (Tuesday, Aug. 17) in the Peacock Room of the Cambria Pines Lodge, 2905 Burton Drive, to discuss the action.

The commission also is to consider a general plan amendment for Point Sur State Historic Park, elect officers and take other actions.

For details, go to gov/? page_id=24481. Or go to the local parks district’s Natural Resources Division office, 750 Hearst Castle Road, adjacent to the Hearst Castle Visitors Center.

So, what’s the difference between conservation area and park? State Parks environmental scientist Kevin Fleming said a state marine park focuses on public use, enjoyment and education, along with spiritual, scientific and educational opportunities, but also “restricts any such use that would compromise protection of the natural or cultural resources or recreational features.”

A marine conservation area is “geared more toward protecting resources,” Fleming said.

The representatives stressed that the same agencies would still enforce the laws, with Fish and Game wardens taking primary responsibility on the sea, parks rangers on land and shared turf in the surf line and near-shore areas.

At a previous State Parks meeting in Cambria, David Schaub, acting chief of the State Parks’ Natural Resources Division, said the parks commission is likely to take responsibility later for the state’s other marine parks, currently under the auspices of California Department of Fish and Game or local governments.

—Kathe Tanner

Democratic fundraiser planned in Cambria

The San Luis Obispo Democratic Party will host a fundraiser at the Brody Ranch in Cambria on Aug. 14, it has announced.

The “Bluer than Blue” barbecue and bluegrass concert is scheduled to run from 1 to 4 p.m. at 4485 Santa Rosa Creek Road, Cambria, to raise money and rally support for local Democratic clubs and upcoming elections.

Tickets are $20 each or two for $35. Pre-sale tickets are available at,or visit the Democratic booth at local farmers markets in Cambria, San Luis Obispo or Los Osos, or go by the Democratic office at 1406 Broad St., San Luis Obispo (open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday).

Invited speakers include John Laird, 15th Senate District candidate; Hilda Zacarias, 33rd Assembly District candidate; Bruce Gibson, County Supervisor for District 2; John Ashbaugh, San Luis Obispo City Council member; and Jan Marx, San Luis Obispo City Council member and candidate for San Luis Obispo Mayor.

— Staff

Plant workshop supports open studios

In support of making this year’s tickets to the 2010 Open Studios Art Tour free to all visitors, Nick Wilkinson, owner of GROW Nursery at Moonstone Gardens just north of Cambria, is teaching a workshop on Living Sculpture Wednesday, Aug. 11.

Attendees will learn how to compose an arrangement of low-maintenance plants. Wilkinson will show how to choose plants to achieve different moods and styles, as well as how to architecturally highlight favorite plants with complementary succulents and rocks.

The end result is a low-maintenance living sculpture, growing and changing with the plants brought to the workshop or chosen from the GROW nursery.

The fee for the fundraiser is $75. All proceeds go to support the free 2010 Open Studios Art Tour. Signups are required. Call ARTS Obispo at 544-9251 for details, or go to

— Staff