8-29-14 Discover the Coast @ Piedras Blancas - Community Celebration (BLM YouTube)
The BLM, volunteers, and partners celebrated National Lighthouse Day and collaborative efforts at the Piedras Blancas Light Station Outstanding Natural Area.
: Replica of the 50 foot tall water tower was constructed to house public safety communication.
In 2013, the Piedras Blancas Outstanding Natural Area was expanded to include additional State Park land along the coastline and now encompasses the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal rookery. The resulting 476 acre Piedras Blancas Outstanding Natural Area is co-managed by the Bureau of Land Management and California Department of Parks and Recreation.
The first phase of lighthouse restoration was completed. The 70 foot tall tower was stripped of lead based paint, cracks were patched, and both the interior and exterior walls repainted.
03 - 24 - 2011
The Piedras Blancas Outstanding Natural Area was expanded to include adjoining State Park property. The expanded ONA is co-managed by the BLM and California State Parks. Total acreage of the ONA – 209 acres.
Outstanding Natural Area: On May 8, 2008, President Bush signed into law the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 (S. 2739). This Act of Congress designated Piedras Blancas Historic Light Station as an Outstanding Natural Area and added the light station to the Bureau of Land Management's National Conservation Lands.
2006 - The four large Piedras Blancas rocks were donated to the BLM by the Hearst Corporation for inclusion in the California Coastal National Monument.
12 - 22 - 2003
The communities along California's central coast, including the villages of Cambria and San Simeon experienced an earthquake incident that included many aftershocks. The site's electrical, telephone, and water systems were disabled for a full day. The tower suffered some damage to the masonry structure, but appears to be minor at this time.
06 - 28 - 2003
First public tours held at the Light Station in 128 years.
Tour guides and volunteers dressed in period clothing ready to meet with the first of 2 tours today, this is a landmark occasion for the Bureau of Land Management and The California State Parks.
06 - 05 - 2003
BLM Announces Piedras Blancas Light Station Open to Limited Public Tours .
05 - 30 - 2003
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between BLM and the California Department of Parks and Recreation ( San Simeon District ) on May 30, 2003 defining certain tasks to assist BLM in restoring the Piedras Blancas Light Station to it's "1875 to 1940" era, and to manage the sites natural resources and visitor activities.
02 - 13 - 2003 Letter of Intent signed.
01 - 23 - 2003 Notice of Proposed Withdrawal and Opportunity for Public Meeting
05 - 25 - 2002 Dedication Ceremony at Piedras Blancas Light Station 282kb pdf.
05 - 25 - 2002 Piedras Blancas Light Station Transfer
05 - 23 - 2002 NEW BLM CALIFORNIA WEB PAGES: Piedras Blancas Lighthouse
05 - 15 - 2002 Piedras Blancas Light Station Dedication
04 - 15 - 2002
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management
[CA-939-1220-00 PD; G0-00]
Notice of interim final supplementary rules for public land within the Piedras Blancas Light Station property, San Simeon, California.
02 - 15 - 2002 BLM and State Parks to Collaborate at Piedras Blancas
10 - 12 - 2001
Public Land Order No. 7501; Partial Revocation of Executive Order
Dated June 8, 1866, and Withdrawal of Public Land for Piedras Blancas
Light Station; California
03/27/2001 Community ideas invited for future of Piedras Blancas
01/29/2001 Piedras Blancas Protections Proposed by BLM
Caliente Resource Management Plan:
Categorical Exclusion (CXs) Fiscal 2001 (1 Oct 00 - 30 Sep 01)
Categorical Exclusion (CXs) Fiscal 2002 (1 Oct 01 - 30 Sep 02)
Environmental Document Roster - EAs Fiscal 2002 (1 Oct 01 - 30 Sep 02)
All legal locations are from the Mount Diablo Base & Meridian unless otherwise indicated. This is a working document that will be updated and/or corrected on a continuing basis.