Nov 9 - Dec 31, 2017

Point Lobos Foundation


To protect and nurture Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, to educate and inspire visitors to preserve its unique natural and cultural resources, and to strengthen the network of Carmel Area State Parks.

The Big Idea

Restoring native habitats at iconic Point Lobos State Natural Reserve through invasive plant removal and long-term conservation efforts.

With its breathtaking beauty, inspiring and knowledgeable volunteer docents, and robust diversity of plants and animals, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is considered the “jewel in the crown” of California State Parks. However, Point Lobos is undergoing a silent invasion of over 60 non-native plant species that impact 25% of the Reserve. The loss of native habitat due to invasive plants has increased the vulnerability of wildlife communities on land and in the surrounding Marine Protected Area. This project will begin implementing a 5-year invasive species management plan and comprehensive volunteer program that will increase the capacity of State Parks and local volunteer groups to participate in natural resource management and reduce invasive species at Point Lobos over time. This project will also promote conservation efforts at Point Lobos and improve the health and condition of native plant species and habitats through removal and sustained management of invasive plants.

As Habitat Heroes of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, our group of volunteers gets immense satisfaction from pulling weeds and restoring the natural landscape at the Reserve. We also love answering visitors’ questions about plants growing along the trails. When people learn that there are invasive and poisonous plant species out-competing native plants for water, depositing salt in the soil, and causing erosion of fragile coastal shoreline, they become instant environmental stewards; they want to pull them all out right now! Then I get to tell them that I’m part of a group of volunteers that does just that. The work is rewarding and every visitor encounter ends with a hearty ‘thanks’ for our efforts in protecting native plants and animals. If you would like to get involved as a volunteer too, please contact Julia Fields, [email protected]

— Karen Hewitt, Pacific Grove