The Coastal Commission has published its Staff Reports on the Rancho Marino and Hearst Ranch CalVTP projects. They are posted here and on the Coastal Commission Agenda for June 7, Item 17.

The meeting is livestreamed, connect through the Agenda link. If you wish to speak at the hearing, use the “submit speaker request” link at the top of the agenda page. You may submit comments in advance using the “submit comment” link at the end of the NOID descriptions in the agenda.

The CFC’s comments, co-signed by Greenspace the Cambria Land Trust, are posted here.   Please allow those comments to inspire yours.

Monthly meetings open

Cambria Forest Committee welcomes all to its monthly meetings, the second Friday of the month, 10 am on Zoom. Lively discussion of current issues, such as the fuel reduction projects. Email CFC Chair Crosby Swartz for the link,  crosbyswartz99@gmail.com

Tales from the Cambria Woods

In 2002, the Cambria Forest Committee collected columns about the forest that had been published in The Cambrian and published the collection as Tales From the Cambria Woods. Twenty years later, it’s time for Volume 2. What would you like to say about the forest? 1,000-1,500 words, although that’s flexible. Writers and artists, please contact the Forest Committee for more information.

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Cambria Monterey Pine signs

Cambria Pine Forest Sign

Invasive Weed Guide

Every Cambrian lives in the forest. We share our landscape with the trees and wildlife. Donate now to the Forest Committee to defray publication costs of Cambria’s Guide to Invasive Weeds. Send a check for $8 (or more) to Cambria Forest Committee, PO Box 23, Cambria, CA 93428.

Weed Handbook Cover

Weeds are taking over landscape and crowding out native plants. Weeds hurt the forest by changing the habitat for wildlife. they increase fire danger. Pull weeds on your own property and help your neighbors. Every weed you pull reduces the number of seeds that will sprout on your property next year. Connie Gannon, executive director of Greenspace–The Cambria Land Trust and a member of the Forest Committee’s board, wrote about it in The Cambrian.

Learn more about Cambria’s Invasive Weeds by joining iNaturalist  on your tablet or smart phone. Find the Rogue’s Gallery of Weeds and add your personal Worst Weed of Cambria. contact us at forest@cambriaforstcommittee.org with questions.

Download a copy of the Forest Committee’s brochure, At Home in the Forest, from the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Read the Community Wildfire Protection Plan posted under Forest-Related documents.

Volunteer to help the Cambria Forest Committee preserve Cambria’s Monterey Pine Forest.

Would you like to pull weeds, get rid of those nasty invasives that are creeping into our forest? Do you have computer skills? Would you like to use your artistic talent to create informational materials that convey the forest’s beauty? What is your talent? The Forest Committee welcomes you. Contact us at forest@cambriaforestcommittee.org and we will put you to work.

What are TDCs?

In 1985, The Land Conservancy was selected as the implementing nonprofit agency as required for government agencies to operate the Transfer Development Credit Ordinance. Following the completion of the Cambria-Lodge-Hill Restoration Plan, the TDC program received seed money from the state Coastal Conservancy to begin retiring lots. Lots retired from development are permanently restricted to open space and their development rights can be transferred to areas in Cambria where development is better suited and which will have a reduced impact on the health of the native Monterey pine forest. The County directs landowners who wish to exceed present county development standards to The Land Conservancy to purchase TDCs. That money is then used to purchase additional undeveloped lots and retire them from development, and the cycle continues.

In March 2016, after a four year hiatus, the Cambria CSD accepted 52 lots from the Land Conservancy. That allows the program to continue. Read the news report here.

The CSD established a Buildout Reduction Committee to move the program forward. The committee’s report is posted at the link above.

Forest Management Plan

The Organizational and Funding Options for Implementation for the Cambria Monterey Pine Forest Management Plan is posted on the Forest-Related Documents page. The Forest Management Plan is posted here. 

This site contains information about the Cambria Forest Committee including

The Committee meets on the 2nd Friday of the month at 10 am. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Contact the Committee by e-mail: crosbyswartz99@gmail.com

Contact us by mail at:  Cambria Forest Committee    PO Box 23   Cambria, CA 93428

Next Meeting: September 8, 2023 10 am, remotely via Zoom. Email for link to participate.  Open to everyone.

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