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The latest news from FFRP


•A Gathering in the Garden
•Update on Forest Restoration Project
•Wildflower Show a Huge Success
•Wonderful Wildlife
•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

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 forest healthy.

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!

Wonderful Wildlife

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.
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.

16th Annual
Great Kitchens
of Cambria
Self-Guided Tour

Sat., July 30, 2016
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Pre-sale tickets, $40 each,
are now on sale in our
online store or at

Experience the spirit of Cambria as you visit seven unique and wonderful kitchens, each full of inspiring ideas you can apply to your own home, now or in the future.

Have a fun, interesting day as you enjoy an epic progressive feast of small plates, wine and beer.

Participate in a fabulous raffle with amazing prizes such as local vacation packages; collections of premier local wines; adventure packages; a Williams-Sonoma gift certificate, etc.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

For more info visit, call 805-927-2856 or email


Reservations Required

*Rain one hour before any walk cancels.
General Forest Loop Trail Walk

General Forest Loop
Trail Walks - 2016

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday, June 18

Enjoy a two-hour FFRP Docent led walk with Brian Morgan. 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 for information.

Bluff Trail Walk

Bluff Trail Walks 2016

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sat., June 11 - Duffy

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 Duffy at 760-390-5150, or Gil at 805-927-9556.

Butterfly, Insect & Plant Walk

Butterfly, Insect & Plant Walk

Saturday, June 25
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Reservations required

Start the summer off right by joining local naturalist Al Normandin on a walk through the Ranch looking for butterflies and other insects. Al will search out for these beautiful creatures as well as those flowering plants that they feed upon. We'll also be looking for their relatives in the insect world, the creepy crawlies that often go unnoticed due to their small size and often unappealing appearance that only a fellow insect could love.

Marine Mammals Walk

Looking for Marine Mammals from the Bluff Trail

Saturday, August 6
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Reservations required

Carolyn Skinder, Director of the Coastal Discovery Center, will lead a walk looking for marine mammals like otters and harbor seals and maybe a humpback. One year we were very fortunate and saw lots of marine mammals, even a pod of dolphins who showed off for us. Bring binoculars if you have them.


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.
Another way to support FFRP is by shopping at Choose FFRP as your charity and Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve will receive a percentage of your order's total.
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