In its unscientifically biased support of State Parks’ dust-producing activities on the Oceano Dunes, California Geologic Survey (CGS) went so far as to blindly concur with State Parks’ wishful-thinking maps, which incorrectly label the Pismo Dunes Natural Preserve as “Pismo Dune Preserve.”
Leaving out the key word “natural” is a huge omission, since natural preserves are created by the Legislature and are governed by the Public Resources Codes. Natural preserves were so designated for their rare ecosystems in order to assure their protection and especially to prevent their disturbance by motor vehicles. Having accepted State Parks’ mere erasure of the designation, CGS labeled the natural preserve’s beach, which is part of Pismo State Beach, as a riding area.
CGS’s dutiful mapping for State Parks minimizes environmentally protected areas and maximizes off-roading areas. Such “map magic” is either intentional or grossly negligent. In either case, the California Geologic Survey’s technical expertise should be questioned.
-- Nell Langford - Pismo Beach