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The Friends of the Carrizo Plain work to support the managing partners in the Education, Interpretation, and Conservation of the unique resources of the Carrizo Plain National Monument.

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The Carrizo Plain

100 miles north of Los Angeles lies an area passed by time. The centerpiece of Carrizo Plain, Soda Lake is a glistening bed of white salt set within a vast open grassland and rimmed by mountains.

“The plain is home to diverse communities of wildlife and plant species, and is an area culturally important to Native Americans. It is traversed by the San Andreas fault, which has carved valleys, created and moved mountains, and yet close up, is seen in a subtle alignment of ridges, ravines and normally dry ponds.” -BLM

Carrizo Plain National Monument

The size, resource and cultural values, isolation, and relatively undisturbed nature distinguish the Carrizo Plain National Monument as an ideal location to implement long-term conservation of vanishing San Joaquin Valley flora and fauna. (source: BLM)

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Friends of the Carrizo Plain

The Carrizo Plain National Monument is jointly managed by The Nature Conservancy, California Department of Fish and Game, and The Bureau of Land Management. Friends of the Carrizo Plain exists as a separate and focused non-profit that supports the three organizations in the Education, Interpretation, and Conservation of the unique resources of the Carrizo Plain National Monument.

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Find out about Friends of the Carrizo Plain history, vision, mission, and values.

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In addition to the hundreds of individual members of the Friends that make contributions of time and money to further our mission, we encourage you to support the groups and organizations that are helping us achieve our Mission.

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Individuals who can commit for return visits can provide a great range of service: monitoring roads, installing signs, leading hikes, removing weeds, assisting visitors.

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In addition to the hundreds of individual members of the Friends that make contributions of time and money to further our mission, we encourage you to support the groups and organizations that are helping us achieve our Mission.

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What we have done and what we are working on

Outreach – Ongoing

Provide Educational Outreach Displays at various public venues including: Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival, San Luis Obispo Earth Day Festival, and more. The FOCP also operates the gift shop at the Goodwin Education Center and provides the computerized kiosks at the...

Education – Ongoing

Encourage and provide financial support to local school field trips to the Carrizo Plain National Monument. 2012 – Creston Elem. School, 85 students. 2013 and 2014– Roosevelt School in Taft, about 220 students each year. We sponsor at least one tour of the plains each...

Fundraising – Ongoing

Conduct fundraisers and seek grants to support the mission of The Friends of the Carrizo Plain.  Our fundraisers are to support our projects.  We develop a long range Business Plan to highlight future projects we are trying to fund. View our most recent Business...

Community Support – Ongoing

Provide financial or logistical support to surrounding organizations including:  Taft Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center, De-fencers of the Carrizo, and Santa Luis Obispo Earth Day Festival, Morro Bay Wild Bird Festival, and more. Encourage and provide financial...

Collaboration with BLM – Ongoing

Work with BLM to further educational goals for the Carrizo Plain National Monument. Provide Financial Support for the BLM’s annual National Public Lands Day events on the Carrizo Plain National Monument. Purchase most of the merchandise and manage all Bookkeeping,...

Outreach 2007-2011

2007-2011: Periodically publish and mail informational Newsletters, “Carrizo Connection” to over 600 people interested in the Carrizo Plain. 2009: Arrange interviews and provide information for a cover story, “Guarding the Carrizo Plain / Saving the...

Education 2008-2013

Education and Educational Support 2008: Produce Educational Media on Birds, Wildflowers and other topics for use at the Goodwin Education Center. 2012: Provide direct Financial Support (through a Grant from the Conservation Lands Foundation) to California Virtual...

Fundraising 2006-2012

2006: The Friends of the Carrizo Plain collaborated with the San Luis Outdoor Painters Enterprise (now the San Luis Obispo Painters for the Environment, SLOPE) to host an art show and sale at the historic Santa Margarita Assistencia at the Santa Margarita Ranch. Over...

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