Since our founding in 1988, our accomplishments have been possible only with the help and support of many agencies, organizations and individuals — in particular the Greenspace members who contribute annually. In the interest of brevity we do not list the partners in these accomplishments here, but are always aware of and thankful for their help.
Protection and Enhancement of Ecological Systems
Infomation regarding the Lower Santa Rosa Creek Enhancement Plan. The linked page describes what has taken place and what is still needed to be done.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife funded a watershed management planning project for Santa Rosa Creek which included stakeholders from throughout the watershed, technical experts, and firms experienced in this kind of information-gathering and analysis. Problems identified include excessive water diversion, man-made fish barriers, excess sediment, lack of riparian habitat, and chemical contamination.
See the original Santa Rosa Creek Enhancement Plan (1993 Document):
Culvert Assessment: The California Department of Fish and Wildlife also funded an assessment of how culverts at road crossings affect fish passage in streams that have either historic or current steelhead migrations.
Burton Bridge Barrier Removal: The removal of this concrete barrier greatly improved fish migration. The barrier prevented fish passage during 65% of the year. The project was funded by the California Deprtment of Fish and Wildlife.
Stream Bank Restorations: We realigned an eroded creek bank near the Highway One Bridge in 1992. Just north of Coast Union High School we restored 350 feet of eroded stream bank by creating a new stream channel and flood terrace in 2006.
Ferrasci Road Bridge: To facilitate fish migration, Greenspace was awarded grants for replacement of a dam-like road crossing with a clear span bridge. The County completed construction on the new bridge in 2011.
Pitch Canker Assessment: The first forest survey for pitch canker infestation was completed in Cambria.
Seedling program: Propagation of Monterey pine, coast live oak, sycamore and other seedlings for use in reforestation.
Protection and Enhancement of Cultural Resources
Native American Cultural Site: Acquisition of residential lots to preserve the site of a former Chumash village.
Chinese Cultural Site: Restoration of a modest 19th century Chinese temple on the site of Cambria’s historical "Chinese Center." This is one of only five remaining in California. Get more info on the Creekside Reserve and Chinese Temple.
Land Aquisition and Management
Greenspace Creekside Reserve: The only park within Cambria’s commercial area, it has open areas, benches and a fountain as well as a riparian woodland along Santa Rosa Creek. The 1.6-acre site harbores the 19th Century Temple noted above.
Pocket Parks: Twenty six small, typically wooded areas scattered throughout Cambria, many with memorial benches. One of our pocket parks is the site of an organic garden with plots available to Cambrians.
Strawberry Canyon: A pristine 22-acre forest preserve within Cambria with a hiking trail.
This effort includes nature hikes, workshops, lecture series, brochures, newspaper columns, scholarships, youth programs and community awareness events, along with The Watershed, our periodic newsletter which is mailed to all residents. The Insider, offering a monthly discussion of an environmental issue with local interest, is mailed to members.
Successful advocacy efforts in conjunction with other groups have resulted in the conservation of many forested areas of Cambria including the Fiscalini Ranch (formerly East/West Ranch), and the Covell Ranch. We supported efforts to create the Cambria State Marine Park, and defended conservation easements from encroachment or development.
Greenspace has been successful in reducing the negative effects of weed abatement and lot clearing proposals by actively participating in ordinance creation. We offer solutions to impacts caused by building plans and projects that can negatively affect the forest and creeks.
We develop research and recommendations to inform and influence decision-making; for example, developing a policy for utilizing, handling and disposing of infected pine material; and conducting an inventory and evaluation of road culverts associated with coastal streams.
In addition, Greenspace co-founded the California Pitch Canker Task Force and co-founded the Cambria Forest Committee which produced The Cambria Forest Management Plan. Greenspace is a past board member on the Planning and Conservation League, an important environmental lobbying organization in California. We are an elected member of the Tri-County Fish Team which includes representatives from San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties.