The movement to purchase and enhance what someday will become the Pismo Preserve points to the value of setting aside and adding to the many pristine natural assets we are fortunate to have here on the Central Coast. The Sweet Springs Preserve, which has been in existence for many years in Los Osos, is an example of what the Pismo Preserve may someday bring to the benefit of the public. It is well known by most residents and visitors from afar for its unparalleled natural setting amid tall trees, abundant native flora and fauna, and unbounded views of the bay and Morro Rock. Let’s hope the folks working diligently on making the Pismo Preserve a reality are skilled in dealing with the state and local bureaucracies and the many obstacles they will have to overcome for this project to become a reality.
Adjacent to West Sweet Springs is an 8-acre parcel purchased by the Morro Coast Audubon Society in 2008, which is known as East Sweet Springs. The society has been working on plans to open this addition to the public since that initial purchase but has been delayed by many obstacles, some of its own making. It is to be hoped that, with better management and a determination to expeditiously follow through with a well-planned and coordinated approach to deal with each of the agencies that need input before development can begin, this valuable public asset will soon become open to all.
I encourage those who would like to lend support and encouragement to get this project moving forward to contact the Morro Coast Audubon Society and let them know about your concerns. You can call them at 772-1991, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or send letters to MCAS, P.O. Box 1507, Morro Bay, CA 93443.
-- Ron Epping - Los Osos