The latest news from FFRP
•A Gathering in the Garden
•Update on Forest Restoration Project
•Wildflower Show a Huge Success
•16th Annual Great Kitchens of Cambria Tour
•2016 Ranch Walks & Special Interest Walks
A Gathering in the Garden
Saturday, June 11, 5:00 to 7:30 pm
Please join us for “A Gathering in the Garden” in the Cambria Nursery Gardens at 2801 Eton Rd, Cambria. Spend the evening strolling through the delightful nursery gardens after hours. Enjoy the sweet harmonizing vocals of Mary Schwalbe on acoustic guitar and Ron Perry on keyboard playing a wide and wonderful variety of music, including some piano originals by Perry. Sip fine wines and savor great appetizers, catered by Suzy Siegler and Becky Kincaid (check out their “real” root beer floats). Fine wines and other exciting prizes will be raffled during the evening.
We invite you to come and support the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
, a 437 acre public open space in the heart of Cambria, while you visit with friends and make new acquaintances in this casual but beautiful botanical setting. For more information please call 805-927-2856 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets are available at the Cambria Chamber and at the door; $20.
Update on the Forest Restoration
& Fire Reduction Project
Trails in the Ranch’s popular Forest Loop may be subject to temporary closures starting June 1
. The project is focused on three one-acre test plots cleaning up the debris and improving forest health by thinning unhealthy trees. June 1 marks the beginning of work in test plot 3. Watch for signs that will be posted at affected Ranch entrances advising of trail closures during work days. Please, for your safety, stay away from the work areas when the trails are closed.
Pre-project monitoring and surveys were conducted including Monarch butterfly surveys, plant surveys, a nesting bird survey and a survey for Dusky-footed wood rat nests (believe it or not, they are a California Species of Special Concern).
Rare Saint's Daisy Erigeron sanctorum
The Ranch was preserved in large part to protect its biological resources and one of the key features that visitors enjoy on the ranch is wildlife, so insuring their safety is important to us. Any impacts to identified sensitive species will be avoided, either by keeping a distance from them or scheduling work for a later date. Fortunately, wonderful wildlife abounds on our preserve; nesting great horned owls and juncos were found along with many wood rat nests. The rare Saint’s Daisy was also found. Finding all this in a relatively small area is a good indicator of healthy living conditions for wildlife on the Ranch, which is great.
Flagging for Saint's Daisy and healthy trees
Unfortunately, it makes the project schedule somewhat tentative. While test plot 3 is scheduled to start right away, test plots 1 and 2 will be delayed until the nestling fledge, which could be as late as the beginning of July. Changes in the schedules of Cal Fire crews can further complicate matters. They can be called away at any time to fight fires during this (very) dry season in California. We will let the public know as we find out any schedule changes.
Buildup of flammable material along trails
When you walk the forest trails and see various colors of flagging tape, don’t be alarmed and please don’t alter them. The yellow caution tape tells the work crews to avoid sensitive areas. The blue tape marks the boundaries of the test plot areas. The orange tape marks healthy trees to be saved – so removing that tape (as has been done recently by, I’m sure, well meaning folks) puts those trees in danger. Pink flagging is on hazardous or dead trees. If you look at the orange flagged trees you will see a variety of ages and sizes, including some dead standing snags to serve as wildlife habitat.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to keep the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve's
Wildflower Show a Huge Success!
A bouquet of “thank-you's” to all who helped with and attended our 11th Annual Cambria Wildflower Show; the dedicated group of collectors, the set up crew, the worker bees at the event, the Café crew, the Native Plant Society, the attendees and many, many more including the CCSD for the use of the Vet’s Hall.
Over 430 people attended and a total of 548 flowering plants were shown. Imagine all those bouquets – all under one roof for the enjoyment of all, many of them students this year. The wealth of botanic experience at the show was incredible, with knowledgeable people to answer plant questions easily approachable. Our show has really grown from showing of 400 plants, and attendance of 250 at our very first one day show in 2005!
Red-Shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)
Photograph by Donald Quintana
A raptor with a whistling plaintive cry, it soars over the forest woodlands hunting prey of small mammals, lizards, frogs and snakes. Red-Shouldered hawks return to the same nesting territory year after year. One hawk in Southern California occupied the same territory for 16 consecutive years.