President’s Notes

As we focus this month on the Oceano Dunes and its rare plants, habitats, and proposals that could change this area forever, it is worthwhile to look at the area in the larger context. Recall that the Oceano dunes are part of what we call the Guadalupe Nipomo Dunes Complex, a 10-mile stretch of coastline running from Pismo Beach to Point Sal, consisting of multiple areas of differing land ownerships and management strategies. (See “Project A” of the Oceano Dunes State Vehicle Recreational Area for a figure from the Guadalupe Dunes National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Management Plan.) Within this complex, there are County parks, State Beaches, a national Wildlife Refuge (Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes), and two preserves. We are lucky to have these areas. But it has taken years to gain this, and we need to be ever diligent in monitoring and protecting what we have. The Oso Flaco Lake Natural Area can be argued to be the “heart” of the area, including its valuable wetlands, numerous bird species, surrounding dunes, sensitive plant species, and rare natural communities. Let’s keep it that way.

-Melissa Mooney