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Piedras Blancas light station transfer

May 25, 2002

With elephant seals barking in the distance, and pelicans flying above in a V-shaped formation, about 300 federal, state, and local guests were on hand May 25 to witness the ceremony transferring Piedras Blancas Light Station from the U.S. Coast Guard to the Bureau of Land Management.

BLM California state director Mike Pool speaks at Piedras Blancas dedication

Assistant Secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett, Congresswoman Lois Capps, San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors Chairperson Shirley Bianchi , Hearst Castle Superintendent Kirk Sturm, and other VIPs joined BLM California State Director Mike Pool at the dedication.

Assistant Secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett speaks to the crowd

The highlight of the ceremony was the U.S. Coast Guard honor guard lowering the Coast Guard flag and presenting it to Commander Richard Brunke and the BLM's honor guard from the National Interagency Fire Center raising the BLM flag as directed by Bakersfield Field Manager Ron Fellows.

Preparing for flag lowering and raising

Following a lunch, groups toured the light station, built in 1875. The light station will soon be open to limited public tours for the first time in almost 128 years."

BLM honor guard from National Interagency Fire Center raises BLM flag

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