Partners & Local Communities

Our Partner Organizations

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California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is a department within the government of California, falling under its parent, California Natural Resources Agency. The Department of Fish and Wildlife manages and protects the state’s diverse fish, wildlife, plant resources, and native habitats. | link to website

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The Nature Conservancy is an American charitable environmental organization, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Its mission is to “conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. | link to website

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Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is an agency within the United States Department of the Interior that administers more than 247.3 million acres (1,001,000 km2) of public lands in the United States which constitutes one-eighth of the landmass of the country. The mission of the BLM is “to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.” | link to website

Our Gateway Communities

Santa Margarita

Santa Margarita is a gateway community to Carrizo Plain. Find more information about Santa Margarita:

Visit Santa Margarita

About Santa Margarita (wiki)

San Luis Obispo County Parks

Taft

Taft is a gateway community to Carrizo Plain. Find more information about Taft:

Official site for the city of Taft, California

About Taft (wiki)

Taft Chamber of Commerce

Atascadero

Atascadero is a gateway community to Carrizo Plain. Find more information about Taft:

Official site for the city of Atascadero, California

About Atascadero (wiki)

Atascadero Chamber of Commerce

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

Help

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.

Volunteer

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

Donate

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.

Projects and Activities

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 “Silence”,...

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