The Board of the Morro Coast Audubon Society (MCAS) wishes to respond to flyers being distributed to residents of Los Osos and Morro Bay regarding future eucalyptus removal from the MCAS-owned East Sweet Springs property in Los Osos. Since acquiring the 8-acre parcel in 2008, MCAS has conducted the needed surveys and gathered information to include in the Minor Use Permit (MUP) application required by the county and submitted on Sept. 2.
MCAS plans to open the property to the public while protecting the sensitive biological and cultural resources, consistent with the MCAS’ mission: “to promote the appreciation, conservation, and restoration of ecosystems, focusing on the biological diversity of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats, particularly in San Luis Obispo County.” After much discussion, the board plans to gradually replace the eucalyptus trees on East Sweet Springs with native trees that would increase the biological diversity on site. This process would take place over the next 10 years, pending funding. Trees found to harbor butterflies or birds’ nests would not be removed. MCAS urges community members to read the application for the MUP, found on this website slocounty.ca.gov/Assets/PL/referrals/coastal/DRC2011-00013_MORRO-COAST-AUDUBON-SOCIETY.pdf.
The Los Osos Community Advisory Council (LOCAC) is planning two meetings to address the project: Land Use Committee at 6:30 on Oct. 13 and the full LOCAC Board at 7 on Oct. 27, both at the Los Osos Community Center. MCAS asks that meeting participants review the facts presented in the MUP rather than relying on “hearsay” or “flyers.” MCAS wishes not to divide the community, but to multiply support for this project.