Join The Friends of the Carrizo Plain

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

Volunteer with The Friends of the Carrizo Plain

Individuals who can commit for return visits can provide a great range of service: monitoring roads, installing signs, leading hikes, removing weeds, assisting visitors, developing photo archives, videos, newsletter articles, public speaking, native plant restoration and gardening around the education center.

Help The Friends of the Carrizo Plain

Please consider joining the hundreds of individual members and Friends that make contributions of time and money to further our mission.

The Friends of the Carrizo Plain (FOCP)

The Carrizo Plain National Monument is jointly managed by The Nature Conservancy, California Department of Fish and Game, and The Bureau of Land Management.

The 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 objects and resources of the Carrizo Plain National Monument.

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Carrizo Plain National Monument (CPNM)

The Carrizo Plain National Monument is jointly managed by The Nature Conservancy, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and The Bureau of Land Management. The size, object, resources, cultural values, isolation, and relatively undisturbed nature distinguish the Carrizo Plain National Monument as a critical location to implement long-term conservation, preservation and restoration of vanishing San Joaquin Valley flora and fauna.  The CPNM is adjacent to and also includes important California Department of Fish and Wildlife ecological reserves that provide significant linkages of landscape, habitat and species to the Monument. The CPNM  also includes the Caliente Mountain Wilderness Study Area that surrounds the highest peak in San Luis Obispo County.

View the Carrizo Plain National Monument Visitors Guide

Threatened and Endangered Species

Carrizo Plain Visitors Center

Visitor’s Guide

Carrizo Plain National Monument

The Greater Carrizo Plain Ecosystem

The greater Carrizo Plain ecosystem 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.” “The plain is also an area culturally important to Native Americans.” –BLM.

A centerpiece of the Carrizo Plain is Soda Lake, a glistening bed of white salt set within a vast open grass and shrub-covered landscape and rimmed by  the Temblor Range to the East and the Caliente Range to the West. The ecological communities of the Carrizo Plain extend from south of the Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge to north of Camp Roberts and east over the Temblors in to the San Joaquin Valley. This ecologically interconnected landscape supports the largest number (at least 109) of endangered, threatened and sensitive species in the state.

carrizo boundary map

Brochures to Download

Taver Ranch

Map

Checklist of Reptiles & Amphibians

Map

Checklist of Mammals

Guide to San Andreas Fault at Wallace Creek

Membership & Donations

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About

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

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.

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

Friends provide news and interest articles to the Carrizo Guide, and send an update of the year’s activity to members at year’s end. The Friends are activity working on building a second annual publication that would be offset by 6 months from the publication of the...

Education

Education and Educational Support The Friends have produced Educational Media on Birds, Wildflowers and other topics for use at the Goodwin Education Center. This includes both photographic references, first developed in 2008, and electronic access in the Education...

Fundraising

The Friends of the Carrizo Plain raise funds through the membership fees and the generous gifts of true Friends. We are anticipating a new program of grant writing to help us aid the Monument in light of reduced funding to Federal agencies. We are thankful for some...

Guided & Self-guided Tours

Information about the different tours that are available, permits, reservations, and availability, courtesy of BLM

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