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The latest news from FFRP


•Welcome New FFRP Board Members
•Richard Lee Commendation
•Trenton Bridge Reconstruction
•Annual Tree Planting
•Office Docents Still Needed
•2016 Ranch Walks


Welcome New FFRP Board Members

Inducted at our Annual Meeting in January, we welcome two new board members: Brian Morgan and Susan Loganbill.

Brian Morgan has a degree in marketing and advertising and, with decades in all facets of the construction industry, he is well suited to help guide the “Gem of the Central Coast”, the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

Brian and has wife, Angie, were married in Cambria in 1982 and finally returned “home” in 2013 when they were fortunate to purchase a home next door to one of the founding members of the Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, Alese Bell. Before her passing, Alese applied “gentle” pressure directing Brian to FFRP as a volunteer.

Brian’s passion for learning has become focused on the history, flora and fauna, and the beauty of the Preserve…and the need to manage the Ranch for all to enjoy. This passion has him leading docent walks, bridge building, trail maintenance, bench building, and the forever loved Wednesday Weeding.

Susan Loganbill is a native Californian who has lived near the coast all of her life. A graduate of UCLA, she has spent her career working with children. Initially, she worked at Children’s Hospital Oakland in the Speech and Hearing Department. After moving to the Thousand Oaks area she became the owner of Children’s Screening Services providing hearing and vision screenings to preschool age children through the pediatricians in the area. Subsequently she earned her MS in Counseling and Guidance and worked as a counselor for students at the high school and middle school level.

Susan, her husband, Tom, and their sons have spent many years enjoying all the beauty that Cambria and the central coast offers. They now have the privilege of sharing that joy with their 4 grandchildren. She loves being involved in volunteer activities for the Fiscalini Ranch and is anxious to contribute to its preservation as well as developing opportunities for young people to learn and appreciate this beautiful open space.


Trenton Bridge Reconstruction

In October of 2015, volunteers from FFRP assisted Ranch Manager Carlos Mendoza in the repair and rebuilding of the pedestrian bridge over the Trenton Street creek on the Forest Loop Trail. A large tree had fallen destroying the handrail and weakening the support structure of the bridge. The crew was able to remove the old structure and replace the damaged components with only a few hours of trail closure. Our thanks to Carlos and Alberto Novas from CCSD and to FFRP volunteers Duffy Burns, Richard Lee, Stephen Beck, Curt Snow, Walt Andrus and Brian Morgan. The new bridge should provide beautiful access to the Ranch for years to come.



After with crew

Final with lower handrail

Annual Tree Planting

After taking a couple of years off to reevaluate the needs of our forest, Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve decided to bring back our annual Thanksgiving weekend tree planting event.

As easy as it sounds to go out and plant a bunch of trees there are a lot of things to work out ahead of time. CCSD staff and FFRP staff worked together to acquire the proper trees and care for them until it came time to plant them. The planting area was designated by Dirk Walters (Cal Poly geologist) and agreed upon by FFRP and CCSD many years ago as part of a comprehensive planting plan.

CCSD provided the non-potable water and wood chips from chipping on the Ranch done by the California Conservation Corps. FFRP provided the publicity, the snacks, the planting lesson and thirty-six volunteers. 200 trees were planted, mulched and watered in less than 2 hours with everyone having a great time. Carlos Mendoza and Alberto Novas, from CCSD facilities, not only delivered water and wood chips, they helped plant and supervise. Members of the Cambria Forest Committee came out to help.

One family was there to plant trees in honor of their mother/grandmother. Three generations of the Snow family—Curt, Paul, and Trevor—also joined in celebrating the spirit of Thanksgiving and cooperation! What a great memory to pass on to our children and grandchildren!
FFRP Office Sign

FFRP Office
604 Main Street

West Village of Cambria
Next to Sandy's Deli

Our somewhat regular
open-to-the-public hours are:

Friday 11 am - 2 pm
Saturday 11 am - 3 pm

Stop on by to get Ranch info from a docent, check out our large maps and images of the Ranch, pick up trail maps, join or donate to FFRP, or shop for shirts, caps, aprons, books, and greeting cards.

Richard Lee Commendation

On Saturday, January 16, 2016, FFRP Board Chair, Joyce Renshaw, presented retiring board member, Richard Lee, with a commendation for his many years of exemplary service to the Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. 

Richard worked hard on every fundraiser we ever had -- finding wine, artwork and making bird houses for us to auction. We will miss his presence on the Board, but have greatly benefited from the time and service he gave us.


As more and more visitors and locals come to our new office location, we are in need of docents to welcome these visitors, provide Ranch information, sell Ranch merchandise, as well as take in FFRP memberships and donations. Occasionally there are other office jobs for docents to do while on shift.

Currently we need the following days covered: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The ideal shift is 11:00 am to 2:00 or 3:00 pm, however should you only be available for 2 hours, a 4-hour shift could be shared with another docent.

Please contact Jo Ellen at or (805) 927-2856 if you are interested in and willing to become an office docent.


General Forest Loop Trail Walk

General Forest Loop
Trail Walks - 2016

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sat., February 27 - Brian
Sun., March 6 - Gil
Sat., March 19 - Brian

Enjoy a two-hour FFRP Docent led walk with Brian Morgan or Gil Eastman. This walk is about 2.5 miles with very little elevation gain. Learn about the plants, animals, human history, and the trails in this special part of Cambria. Bring water, shoes that protect the toes, and wear long pants to help protect from poison oak. Children welcome with adult supervision. Meet 9:45 am at Tipton St. Trail Head. Call Brian at 805-305-1423, or Gil at 805-927-9556,
for information. *Rain one hour before walk cancels.

Bluff Trail Walk

Bluff Trail Walks 2016

Sun., February 7 - Stephen
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Sat., March 5 - Duffy
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Sat., May 28 - Gil
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Stephen Beck, Duffy Burns and Gil Eastman lead this walk. Enjoy the ocean and learn about the properties of seaweed and its nutrients and its importance to our ocean, ocean birds, plants along the trail and how the ocean currents play into our weather. We might even see a few sea mammals along the way. Bring binoculars if you have them. Children welcome with adult supervision. Meet at the south entrance to the Bluff Trail. Directions HERE. For more information, call Stephen at 805-400-5366, Duffy at 760-390-5150, or Gil at 805-927-9556. *Rain one hour before walk cancels.

Cambria's Pine Trees on the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

Cambria's Pine Trees on the Ranch

Saturday, February 20
10:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.
Reservations required

Come walk with, Sarah Bisbing, Assistant Professor, Silviculture & Forest Ecology at Cal Poly. Sarah knows our forest well. She will enlighten us on the life-cycle of pines. She will also tell us about the health of our forest and how we can protect our unique pine trees. Sarah will also tells us about the research project she is in charge of in our Fiscalini Ranch Forest. *Rain one hour before walk cancels.

Grasses on the Ranch

Grasses on the Ranch

Saturday, April 16
10:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.
Reservations required

Don Canestro, Reserve Director, on the UC Ken Norris Rancho Marino Reserve, will lead a grass walk on the Fiscalini Ranch. Last year when he did this walk it was filled with wonderful information about the native and non native grasses on our Ranch. *Rain one hour before walk cancels.

Monarchs on the Ranch
Monarchs on the Ranch
Monarchs on the Ranch
Monarch Photos by
Kingston L. Leong
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