Bixby Creek / Bridge


 

The California Coastal Conservancy announced  the approval of a $5 million grant toward the purchase and eventual protection by the US Forest Services of  Landmark Big Sur (CA) Bixby Ranch. The ranch, 13 miles south of Carmel, will be split into nine separate properties and sold for development if it is not purchased for conservation. TPL will purchase this crown jewel of the Big Sur Coast, easily identified by the historic Bixby Bridge on Highway 1, to protect it from looming development. Hoping to safeguard its sweeping views, rocky shoreline, and magnificent rolling hills for public enjoyment and critical wildlife habitat, TPL is attempting to purchase the ranch (which was previously owned by Allen Funt of Candid Camera fame), and then transfer it  to the U.S. Forest Service, creating an 11-mile stretch of permanently protected coastline beginning at the Bixby Bridge and extending south through Andrew Molera State Park.  Public and private fundraising continues.

 

"The protection of the Bixby Ocean Ranch as the Big Sur Coast's most recognized property is conservation on a national scale benefiting the millions of people who visit the coast now and for generations to come. The property, once it is open to the public, will provide unprecedented recreational opportunities along the Big Sur Coast. Protecting this important national landscape is a top priority," says United States Congressman Sam Farr.

 

Funding is needed  to protect important American landscapes. For more information find TPL on-line at tpl.org. Information in this section was supplied by TPL.

 


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