More than 250 people joined BLM State Director Mike Pool, Congresswoman Lois Capps, and other guests and dignitaries in dedicating the Carrizo Plain National Monument on Saturday, April 27, 2002.


Crowd listens to speakers at Carrizo National Monument dedication

Despite heavy rain the previous day, the dedication was held under sunny skies and drew local ranchers, conservationists, county and state officials, and interested members of the public from through the state and the region to mark the official kick-off for planning the future of the 204,000-acre Monument in eastern San Luis Obispo and western Kern County.  Music, booths, speeches, a barbeque lunch,and an opening Native American blessing marked the day's sometimes solemn, but mostly festive air. 

Speaker at dedication ceremony

State Director Pool introduced Rep. Capps who said the Carrizo community effort "sets a model for protection of other special areas in the Nation."    A key supporter of the Carrizo, octogenarian philanthropist Avis Goodwin, called the Carrizo "a great classroom, where people can learn about everything from earthquakes to earth worms," a reference to the San Andreas fault which runs visibly through the plain, and the extensive natural research conducted on the site. 

Carrizo dedication party - serving the food



Carrizo Plain National Monument