Fall 2006 Park Views Newsletter ~ Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks

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<p>ParkViews</p> <p>Quarterly Newsletter of Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks</p> <p>Fall 2006</p> <p>Photo: Pete Esteban</p> <p>Inside this IssueCoast Dairies Added to State Parks!page 2</p> <p>Our Vision to Sustain the Monarch Grovepage 3</p> <p>Panther Beach. 2002 2006 Kenneth &amp; Gabrielle Adelman, California Coastal Records Project, www.Californiacoastline.orgs</p> <p>Natural Bridges Reserve Victorypage 2</p> <p>FriendsSantaCruzS TAT E PA R K SOF</p> <p>State Parks Acquires Coast Dairies Property</p> <p>T</p> <p>he Department of Parks and Recreation has announced that as of September 1, 2006, part of the 6,831 acre Coast Dairies Property will become a State Park. The bulk of the land will be managed by the California Bureau of Land Management, and an agricultural nonprofit organization will deal with the agricultural preserve. Over 400 acres of coastal lands west of Highway 1 will become Coast Dairies State Park. When combined with the recently acquired Sand Hills Bluffs property, this property will create an almost contiguous stretch of the coast that is preserved within the State Parks System, beginning at Wilder Ranch and continuing north past the town of Davenport. The state has created a number of positions to manage and staff this new park. The goal is to bring the land into the State Park family as resources and staffing allow. The process of filling the positions and opening the park will happen gradually over the next year or more. Our thanks go to Dave Vincent for his multi-year commitment to the project. His hard work, together with countless hours spent by many community members and local politicians, have made this dream a reality.</p> <p>COAST DAIRIES PROJECT</p> <p>Friends looks forward to partnering with the state as the Coast Dairies Parks interpretive needs are determined. We are thrilled with this acquisition and the opportunity to protect and preserve this gorgeous piece of our natural and cultural history.</p> <p>From Our Chair Lise PetersonThis year, friends of sanTa cruz sTaTe parks is celeBraTing 30 years of sTewardship in our local sTaTe parks. From a small group of volunteers in 1976 who came together to fix holes in the cement ship (the USS Palo Alto), Friends now includes over 400 volunteers who provide support to our parks in many ways: restoring native habitats, greeting visitors, maintaining trails, leading school groups, and more. As we have grown, Friends has not lost sight of our original stewardship mission. Our volunteers continue to be the heart and soul of our parks. Along the way we have grown to understand that education is the key to future park stewardship. Friends has funded visitor centers and docent programs at Seacliff State Beach, the Santa Cruz Mission Adobe State Historic Park, Natural Bridges State Beach, Wilder Ranch State Park, and, most recently, at New Brighton State Beach. Friends has also provided ongoing interpretive programs at the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, Sunset State Beach and Manresa Uplands State Beach. Serving over BOARD &amp; STAFF 350,000 school children, locals and visitors each OFFICerS year, the programs we fund have been recogLise Peterson Chair nized for their excellence nationally and are only Lisa Smith Chair Elect second to our local schools in the total amount Heather Butler Secretary of educational programs that we provide school Jim Brownson Treasurer children.Jennifer Carole Pat Clark Val Cole Linda Hoff Lani LeBlanc Barney Levy Don Nielsen Jim Toney Chief ranger Kirk Lingenfelter CAL STAFF randy Widera Executive Director Christa Stiner Operations Director Annie MacHale Retail Manager Laura Sullivan PR &amp; Membership Cynthia rybicki Accounting Assistant Peg Danielson Executive Assistant Marianne Wyllie Graphic Artist STATe PArK INTerPreTIVe STAFF Jodi Apelt Jeff Barnes Barbara Cooksey elizabeth Hammack Bobbie Haver Linda Hitchcock Kerith Koontz Jan Leppe Martha Nitzberg Jeff Price Teresa rogoway Sunny Schachter Carolyn Schimandle</p> <p>We have also learned that through advocacy and making our voices heard in Sacramento, we help ensure that sound park policies are in place and that our parks are not forgotten during the state budget process. In this edition of Park Views you will read about how our advocacy efforts helped establish a marine preserve from Natural Bridges to Wilder Ranch. Our vision for the next 30 years, Lise Peterson (center) pitches in embodied in the program Thats My at a Thats My Park Day. Park, will guide us to new successes in building volunteerism, education and advocacy for our parks. We express that vision simply by asking you to Enjoy, Learn &amp; Give Back. Little did that small group of volunteers know when they thought Seacliffthats my parkI can help there that they would be handing on to us a great legacy of stewardship. Now it is up to us to carry it on. I hope you will join me in renewing your love of our local state parks by enjoying, learning, and giving back to them.</p> <p>O</p> <p>Our Victory at Natural Bridgesn Tuesday,</p> <p>augusT 15, 2006 a group of concerned naTural Bridges supporTers including docents, Friends staff, and local political figures successfully argued that the Natural Bridges Intertidal area be included as one of the reserves created by Californias Marine Life Protection Act.</p> <p>Under the Act, the California Fish and Game Commission was charged with creating a series of reserves to protect our valuable marine resources. They appointed a blue ribbon panel to make recommendations as to which areas of the central coast should be set aside while balancing conflicting interests including conservation, tourism, and fisheries. The panels original recommendation came down strongly on the side of conservation, and included a four-mile stretch of intertidal area between Natural Bridges and Wilder Ranch. Fish and Game staff cut Natural Bridges from the list of reserves, stating that the area was already protected under existing fishing regulations, and further, that changing tides made it difficult to determine the boundaries of the proposed reserve, which might lead to problems in enforcement. Staff also felt that the areas high visitation was incompatible with reserve status. On August 15, over 500 people attended a hearing in Monterey to provide testimony on the available options to protect the central coast. The commissioners heard from more than 150 speakers, representing a wide variety of viewpoints. One such speaker, Fred Keeley, explained the legislative intent when the Act was originally passed and urged the commission to adopt the original blue ribbon panels recommendations. Many people, including Santa Cruz mayor, Cynthia Mathews, Richard Coen, Dennis Etler, Rebecca Ray, Nicole Rucker, Martha Nitzberg, and Randy Widera specifically called for the Natural Bridges area to be included in any plan adopted by the Commission. Speakers pointed out that the protections afforded the intertidal zone by the existing fishing regulations dont adequately protect many of the invertebrate species. Numerous supporters mentioned that Natural Bridges current web of educators, docents, kiosk workers, state park rangers and neighbors all assist in educating the public, leading to a decreased need for enforcement of the regulations by Fish and Game Wardens, and that simple changes, such as enhanced signage would protect the tidepools from curio collectors and further spread the educational message. The Monarch Grove at Natural Bridges is already set aside as a preserve. We have seen there that the designation alone increases the value of the park in the eyes of the public and enables us to be better stewards of these resources. The inclusion of this four-mile stretch in the network of reserves adopted by the Fish and Game Commission is a tremendous victory for Natural Bridges advocates and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, and would not have happened without the passionate advocacy of our supporters.</p> <p>The City of Santa Cruz, with its long history of environmental activism, has consistently supported the Marine Life Protection Act. Creation of the Natural Bridges State Marine Reserve represents a triumph of wellorganized advocacy and grass roots action.~ Cynthia Mathews Santa Cruz City Mayor</p> <p>s Monarchs on Eucalyptus Leaves, Natural Bridges</p> <p>Natural Bridges Monarch Grove</p> <p>A</p> <p>Enjoy</p> <p>n</p> <p>LEarn</p> <p>n</p> <p>GivE Back</p> <p>Park Views, the Monarch butterflies are threatened on many fronts. Loss of habitat, along with increased herbicide and pesticide use, create a perilous situation, making it more crucial than ever for the butterflies to have a safe, protected over-wintering habitat such as the Monarch Grove at Natural Bridges. State Park Resource Ecologists, together with interpreters and citizen scientist volunteers, are focused to protect the grove, and hopefully restore it to health.s you read in The lasT issue of</p> <p>To support this effort, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks has launched the Thats My Park Natural Bridges Monarch Grove Education and Stewardship Campaign. Our goal is to inspire people to enjoy the monarchs, learn about them, and then give back to the Park.So many opportunities! The first step is enjoyment. It all starts with yougo outdoors, visit the Grove. Come face to face with the Monarchs. While you are there, take a docent led tour and learn about the lifecycle of these fascinating creatures. Public tours are held on Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm beginning October 8. Ready for more information? Throughout the winter, Natural Bridges Park Interpreters will host a series of talks about the Monarchs and Natural Bridges Park in general. Join us on the second Wednesday of each month from October 11 through March 14 (see dates and times below) at the Natural Bridges Visitors Center.</p> <p> Storytellers will be on hand in the morning. Kids games and arts and crafts will be ongoing throughout the day along with butterfly gardening tips. Ask the expert the monarch information table will provide interesting facts and information. Fun, park themed prizes will be raffled off throughout the day. Reasonably priced foods will be available for your picnic. Gather at 2pm for the appearance of the superheros, Monarch Man and Monarch Woman. Stay for the butterfly parade anyone in a butterfly costume will win a prize. Finish off the day with a piece of our butterfly cake. We look forward to seeing you at this very fun event!</p> <p>C</p> <p>elebrate the change of the season with the return of the Monarchs! Join us at Welcome Back Monarchs Day at Natural Bridges State Beach. Mark your calendar for October 8 from 10am to 4pm to herald the return of these old friends.</p> <p>Are you ready to get involved? This is the perfect time. Monarch University opens its doors for the fall term on September 16, 2006. Volunteer training runs through October 21: Wednesdays 6:30 9pm and Saturdays 10am 3pm. Volunteer opportunities are plentiful and we appreciate that you have different interests and abilities. Let us help you find your niche at Natural Bridges. n Do you enjoy talking to groups? Become a tour leader and escort walks and talks for school groups on weekdays and other groups and the general public on weekends. n Maybe you prefer greeting people on a one-to-one basis? Become a host greet people in the visitors center, rove the grove, help at festivals or work in the store. n More comfortable behind the scenes? You can help by becoming a steward. Stewards perform a variety of functions from working on restoration projects, to monitoring the monarchs. n Dont have time right now for the full training? We know that people lead busy lives, but still have the strong desire to contribute and give back to their community and their parks. Come on out to a stewardship day and volunteer to work on a restoration project. Were out working on the second Saturday of each month from 10am 1pm.You can make a difference. The Monarch Grove at Natural Bridges is the only state Monarch Butterfly Preserve in California. It is the only place in Santa Cruz County that is set up for school groups to visit and learn about the Monarchs. By becoming a member of Friends, you can help keep the education and stewardship programs alive and in place. The purchase of the Natural Bridges fine art prints with a tax-deductible donation is yet another way to support our winged friends in the Preserve.</p> <p>Natural Bridges Campaign Continues with Celebration of Butterfly Day at Annieglass Store Downtown Santa CruzSeptember 30, 2006 NooN 5pmFriends of Santa Cruz State Parks to benefit from purchases made at the launch party for New Annieglass Butterflies Tableware</p> <p>A</p> <p>the internationally celebrated glass tableware design studio based here in Santa Cruz, is set to launch a butterfly-themed servingware collection of particular interest to park lovers. The five-piece line of handmade platters, bowls, buffet plates and trays depict Monarch butterflies rendered in 24k gold. Support Friends by attending the Butterfly Day launch party September 30 at the Annieglass store and treating yourself to some of the fabulous contemporary crafts available there. Annieglass will donate a percentage of the proceeds of the days sales to Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks Monarch Grove Education and Stewardship Fund. Monarch experts from Natural Bridges will be on hand to answer questions about these wonderful creatures and how people can get involved to steward their habitat and keep them coming back to the Monarch Grove. At 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30pm, children and grownups can be part of an interactive presentation about the monarch lifecycle. See living examples of the kinds of plants that will attract butterflies to your own yard. Two raffles will be held at the event with the proceeds going directly to the Monarch Grove Campaign:</p> <p>nnieglass,</p> <p>For more information about volunteer opportunities and training, contact Martha Nitzberg at (831) 423-0871. For more information about Friends Membership or fine art prints, contact Laura Sullivan at (831) 429-1840 or laura@scparkfriends.org.</p> <p>1</p> <p>Monarch Dates to RememberPublic Tours begin October 8 Saturdays and Sundays n 11am and 2 pm Series of Talks presented by State Park Interpreters Natural Bridges Visitors Center Second Wednesday of each month, October through March n 7:30 pm October 11 n November 8 n December 13 January 10 n February 14 n March 14 Monarch University Fall Term September 16 through October 21, 2006 Wednesdays 6:30 9pm and Saturdays 10am 3pm</p> <p>2</p> <p>Couture wedding Cake designer edith Meyer is a Santa Cruz culinary celebrity who specializes in baking with local organic ingredients. She will create three stunning cakes decorated with Monarchs, which will all be raffled. One features sculpted Monarchs handmade of sugar paste and handpainted with edible paints; the other two translate the Annieglass butterflies motifs into frosting. You can see examples of her work at www.edithmeyer.com.</p> <p>LoCaL artists JuLie erreCa and Jane gregorious will...</p>

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