10.17.13

Carrizo Plain National Monument Focus of Conference

Photo: Bob Wick, BLM

Biologists, renewable energy experts, birders and climate change scientists will gather to discuss the future of the Carrizo Plain National Monument on November 8, 2013 at the San Luis Obispo BotanicalGardens Education Center in San Luis Obispo.

The thirteen endangered species that call the 250,000 acre Plain home, make this a fascinating area for research and science.   With construction of a large solar energy plant north of the Monument, issues facing wildlife are even more of a pressing issue and will be a big part of the discussion at the event, as well as how the Carrizo Plain should be managed in the face of climate change.

One such species, the pronghorn, has seen a decline in population numbers in recent years. Diego Johnson, Field Biologist, will speak about a new study regarding how the pronghorn use mitigation lands that have been set aside in other areas because of the new solar project.

With development in some areas and new reserve areas in others, the Carrizo Plain is getting a lot of attention. To learn more, attend the Carrizo Colloquium.  Click here to register.

The Carrizo Plain National Monument, managed by the Bureau of Land Management and part of the National Conservation Lands, is the largest single native grassland remaining in California.    It is a vast expanse resting atop the San Andreas Fault in San Louis Obispo County.  The Carrizo Colloquium will host a variety of programs, open to the public on November 8, 2013.