We are pleased to honor the Atascadero Land Preservation Society (ALPS) with our CNPSSLO Community Award. President Mike Orvis and Vice President John Goers accepted the award at our 2020 Banquet. This award highlights the significant contribution that has been made by an entity, outside of CNPS, to promote native plants or the natural environment in our local community. Since 1989, ALPS has had an outstanding record of protecting native plants and habitats in Atascadero, in addition to inspiring appreciation of native plants. As a land trust, ALPS has been successful in purchasing and preserving important parcels of land in the City, planting natives to enhance disturbed portions of the properties, and sharing the land with the public. In addition, ALPS makes a concerted effort to incorporate an educational component for the public on the properties they acquire. Their properties include the 103-acre Three Bridges Oak Preserve with trails that wind up to a summit with a terrific view of Atascadero. The sycamores, oaks, and madrones are welcoming all year round, but you should definitely walk the trail in Spring to see the diversity of blooms. The interpretive signs on this trail are excellent, as is the ALPS website.
Another property of ALPS is Stadium Lane which connects Atascadero Creek to the entrance of the historic Stadium Park. The Bill Shepard Native Garden located here is a great place to get a sense of which native plants appeal to you and which can handle Atascadero’s climate, and there’s even a sign with information about growing native plants. An annual interpretive program is conducted at the Adobe Springs Reserve, an ALPS property that supports a natural artesian spring. The field-day introduces local youngsters to the historical significance and natural resources associated with the spring. CNPS has participated in this program, teaching kids about the local plants, and the importance of having open space available for kids to learn about nature, in nature, is clear. To complement the Adobe Springs Interpretive Program, ALPS has led the development of a third-grade curriculum for the Atascadero Unified School District. In addition to the acquisitions and stewardship, ALPS conducts native planting projects on other properties, awards annual college scholarships to students interested in environmental science or conservation, and has a long history of providing outreach and education about Atascadero’s native trees through their Native Tree Committee. Thank you ALPS for all you’ve done to protect native plants and habitat in Atascadero.
Pictured: John Goers (L) & Mike Orvis