The Cambrian

Two meetings planned to focus on Piedras Blancas monument proposal

The public will have two opportunities this week to learn more about a plan to have the Piedras Blancas Outstanding Natural Area north of San Simeon designated as a state and national monument. 

Both meetings will be the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St. 

The topic is on the afternoon agenda for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council meeting Friday, Oct. 24. The meeting starts at 

8:45 a.m. Then at 2 p.m. Saturday, the Piedras Blancas Light Station Association and Friends of the Elephant Seal will host a workshop-style meeting to gather public input on the concept. 

The Natural Area’s two current managers are expected to attend Saturday’s meeting 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.