FRIENDS OF THE LIGHT STATION
The headline in the Cambrian, our weekly paper, declared the "Iceplant pickers prevailed at Piedras Blancas" light station.
You may recall from an earlier post regarding the Plant Police, there is a movement here by some naturalists to remove invasive species. It is done to allow natural plants to flourish.
As beautiful and fire retardant as iceplant may be, it is aggressive.
When the US Coast Guard ran the Piedras Blancas Light Station, Ice plant was planted.
Over the last few years volunteers have been working to clear it and it appears they have indeed won.
Native species have begun to flourish.
The Volunteer coordinator Carole Adams and her team were recognized by the Bureau of Land Management for their efforts.
Piedras Blancas is a landmark on the central coast past San Simeon on the route to Big Sur.
It has a rich history and is a beautiful facility.
Outside the staircase the volunteers removed some 2,000 dry tons of iceplant. According to the Cambrian, a commercial effort to eradicate the growth would have cost
SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL IN THE SKY
I URGE YOU TO CLICK ON THIS LINK TO ACTIVATE A SPECTACULAR VIDEO OF THE NORTHERN LIGHTS. IT WAS CREATED IN NORWAY BY OLE CHRISTIAN SALOMONSEN AND FEATURES A BEAUTIFUL SOUNDTRACK AS WELL.
Enjoy. See you down the trail.