This striking, 1546 foot peak is one of the famous Morros, a group of extinct volcanoes which stretch some twenty miles from near San Luis Obispo westward to the ocean at Morro Bay. The Morros are famous as a scenic backdrop for the local area, and are well-known to climbing enthusiasts.
The natural beauty, wildlife habitat, and recreational potential of the peak have prompted the City , the Sierra Club and many others to work together to preserve a place we all cherish.
The City of San Luis Obispo purchased the parcel for $895,000.. The City put up $400,000, $350,000 came from the State Coastal Conservancy, $100,000 from the Environmental Enhance Mitigation Fund and $45,000 came from funds raised by the Santa Lucia Chapter of Sierra Club, from local donations from individuals like yourselves.
To continue the effort of preserving the Morros, the Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club will continue to raise funds and place them in our Morros Preservation Fund, set up with the The Sierra Club Foundation. This tax-deductible fund has been set up specifically for acquisition of lands in the Morros Region. By raising funds now we cane be ready for the next project when it a rises.
We are asking our members and the general public to make donations or pledges of $5, $10, $25, $50, or $100 to the Morros Preservation Fund with the understanding that the funds will be used to acquire lands in the Morros Region. Together we can make a difference. Please send checks payable to: Sierra Club Foundation, The Morros Preservation Fund, P.O. Box 15755, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406.
I wish to thank all those who participated in this project and those who donated to the wonderful cause. For more information on how you can make this program a success call Gary Felsman (805)549-0532, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Machesna Wilderness hike
Photo by Gary Felsman