Thank you for your excellent editorial on June 22, (“Carrizo Plain is worth saving and not just for the ‘flower porn’ ”). Your editorial listed many features of the Carrizo Plain that make it unique, and described some potential threats that loss of monument status could lead to.
The monument was established in 2001. Its history is part of its charm and uniqueness, and historic uses of the monument continue to this day; these include livestock grazing, hunting, adventure driving on the more than 250 miles of secondary roads, hiking, camping, picnicking and even some oil production. The monument is known for its wildlife and its wildflower displays, especially this year when the “flower porn” attracted thousands of visitors.
This jewel in San Luis Obispo County deserves our protection and stewardship. Please let the folks in Washington know that you do not support loss of monument status or of changes to the way it is currently operated. It is a new economic engine for our county and one that will only grow in stature and as a source of pride for our community.
Neil Havlik, San Luis Obispo