Re: Oso Flaco
Thank you Tom and Jeff for the reminders. I’ve attended the Morro Bay Bird fest which is how I found this wonderful group. I enjoy reading your posts when I’m snowed in.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
I remember reading about this plan last year and thinking it would not get much steam. I was wrong! It looks like it is gaining support. We need to stand on the roof tops and speak up. We need your help! Pause - imagine two dozen ohvs zooming around the agricultural fields next to the Oso Flaco parking lot. Imagine standing on the wonderful board walk and hearing the constant yammering of sand buggies driving by. Who knows - in 10 years they may open the maintenance road that runs past the boardwalk! They say no...but once they get a foot hold...
I grew up in Santa Maria in the 60s and 70s and (dispersed) camped at Oso Flaco (pre-boardwalk) and entered the dunes in my friend’s buggy via the maintenance road. No doubt it was a fun time but the land needs us more now than to have uninhibited access in the dunes. I moved to Lake Tahoe in 1980 and continue to visit family in the area. I’ve since gone on to become a wildlife biologist and enjoy exploring the Sierra. While it was fun enjoying OHV activities as a kid, I am in awe of how Mother Nature has recovered...to see the vegetation that has grown in among the sand dunes...to see Osprey, Sora, raccoons and hear the call of the Virginia Rail from the boardwalk fills my heart with delight. I routinely see Snowy Plover scurrying around on my trips to Main Street beach - I never saw them when I was growing up.
Another concern is how recreation enthusiasts will access this area. Oso Flaco road is shared with the general public and agricultural workers - now add another use on top of this existing road or will they create a four lane highway? Which also has an active railroad line running through it. There is no direct way to get to Oso Flaco. With this new plan being moved south, some vehicles will access through Santa Maria and Guadalupe. Santa Maria already receives its share of big rig truck traffic as they drive to the farms and packaging sheds. Now let’s add impatient toy haulers and valley people driving across town and on the already deadly highway 166/Main Street road.
Please, please I urge you to comment on this plan before MARCH 2.
Lake Tahoe/Santa Maria
On Feb 4, 2021, at 9:43 AM, Thomas Slater via groups.io <tomslaterphotography@...> wrote: