The Cambrian

Piedras Blancas monument status sought

When members of a marine sanctuary council meet in Cambria on Friday, Oct. 24, they’ll hear about a campaign to have the Piedras Blancas Outstanding Natural Area north of San Simeon designated as the Piedras Blancas State and National Monument.

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council members will learn more about the grassroots campaign being encouraged by the Piedras Blancas Light Station Association and Friends of the Elephant Seal. The meeting will start at 8:45 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St. 

The Piedras monument initiative is listed in the afternoon on the council’s tentative agenda, with a possible start time of about 3:30 p.m. 

Also on the agenda are discussions about crab-gear removal and a council statement about noise in the sanctuary. 

The Friends and Light Station groups are cosponsoring an open meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, to gather citizens’ input before the campaign is officially launched, according to a letter to supporters of the Friends group.

The Natural Area’s two current managers are expected to attend to hear suggestions and answer questions. They are Jim Boucher, park manager for the Bureau of Land Management, which owns the light station and circa 1875 lighthouse, and Nick Franco, superintendent of San Luis Obispo Coast District, which includes areas surrounding the BLM site.