MCAS Conservation Corner


Your Conservation Chair and Committee have two basic responsibilities to the Chair of MCAS and to you, the members. First is to watch for opportunities to protect, enhance, diversify and expand the bird habitat in our area. Our second task is to be aware of any and all issues that would improve bird habitat or bird life, and attempt to insure that MCAS did all it possibly could to insure the successful fruition of that issue or those issues; the corollary, of course, is to be aware of issues that would damage bird life or bird habitat and insure that MCAS does all in its power to prevent these from occurring. None of this can happen successfully unless we have maximum cooperation from all our members and from our fellow conservation organizations.

This means you. If you are aware of any issues that MCAS should be active in pursuing, please email Dave Tyra at dave@morrocoastaudubon.org. If you have a few hours per month to spend on such issues please join our Conservation Committee. The tasks may include attending meetings, writing letters to decision-makers, or actually working in the field on bird habitat.

Current Conservation Issues

For more information on the issues that Morro Coast Audubon Society has pursued or is pursuing, click on the links below (letters are PDFs).

LOCAL & STATE (most recent first)

May 2022: National, Morro Coast, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Audubon Societies (dated 5-16-2022) submit to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Comments in Response to Draft Environmental Assessment for Commercial Wind Lease and Grant Issuance and Site Assessment Activities on the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf, Morro Bay Wind Energy Area, California

January 2022: MCAS and 13 other environmental groups listed on pg 19 (dated 1-31-2022) to NOAA Sanctuaries West Coast Regional Office, Notice of Intent To Conduct Scoping and To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

January 2022: MCAS and 9 other environmental groups listed on pg 23 (dated 1-11-2022) to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Office of Strategic Resources, Comments of Outer Continental Shelf Offshore Morro Bay, California Wind Energy Area, Environmental Assessment Scoping [Docket No. BOEM-2021-0044-0061]

October 2021: MCAS & friends letter (dated 10-18-2021) to SLO County Board of Supervisors, regarding Arroyo Grande Oil Field Extension Request Appeal

September 2021: MCAS letter dated 9-28-2021) to PG&E, regarding 2021 NDCTP (Nuclear Decommissioning Cost Triennial Proceeding) and to promote a sustainable managed public access program.

September 2021: MCAS letter (dated 9-16-2021) to Port San Luis Harbor Commission, regarding Hartford Pier Site Plan and its Fish Cleaning Station

March 2021: Audubon CA letter (dated 3-17-2021) to California State Parks, regading Pismo State Beach and Oceano Dunes SVRA Draft Public Works Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Report Available for Review

March 2021: MCAS-Audubon CA letter (dated 3-11-2021) to California Coastal Commission, regading Oceano Dunes CDP review [Coastal Development Permit (CDP) 4-82-300]

June 2020: Audubon CA letter (dated 6-1-2020) to California Department of Parks and Recreation, Oceano Dunes District, regarding draft Environmental Impact Report for the draft Habitat Conservation Plan for Pismo State Beach and Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area

June 2020: MCAS letter (dated 6-1-2020) to California Department of Parks and Recreation regarding Oceano Dunes District Draft Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR)

March 2020: Letter (dated 4-10-2020) from 89 organizations to California Fish & Game Commission regarding Petition to list Southern California and Central Coast mountain lions as threatened under the California Endangered Species Act

January 2020: MCAS Letter (dated 1-23-2020) to California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division regarding Pismo State Beach and Oceano Dunes SVRA Public Works Plan

July 2019: MCAS-Audubon CA Letter (dated 7-4-2019), to California Coastal Commission regarding Coastal Development Permit for the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area

July 2019: MCAS letter (dated 7-1-2019) to Department of Army-U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding SLP-2019-00102-EBR, Morro Bay Oyster Company Farm expansion

June 2019, May 2018, & June 2015: MCAS letter (most recent dated 6-18-2019) to San Luis Obispo County Integrated Waste Management Authority regarding Support of Ban of Polystyrene Foam.

March 2019: MCAS Letter (dated 3-13-2019) to California State Parks re: California State Parks Public Works Plan (PWP) for the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, specifically Project A: Oso Flaco Campground and Public Access Project.

January 2019: Letter (dated 1-28-2019) to BOEM from multiple NGOs including National Audubon Society & Sierra Club re: "Comments on the Call for Information and Nominations for Commercial Leasing for Wind Power Development on the Outer Continental Shelf Offshore California [Docket No. BOEM- 2019-0045]."

April 2017: MCAS letter (dated 4-5-2017) to San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors regarding Permanent Oak Woodlands Protection Ordinance

August 2016: MCAS letter (dated 8-14-2016) to San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors regarding Interim Urgency Ordinance / Permanent Oak Woodlands Protection Ordinance

February 2016: MCAS letter (dated 2-2-2016) to San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission regarding the Phillips 66 Development Plan / Coastal Development Permit 

September 2015: MCAS letter (dated 9-21-2015) to Morro Bay City Council regarding Support of National Marine Sanctuary Designation (undated PDF, with five attached letters dated, as they appear: 12/3/2014, 1/6/2015, 12/15/2014, 7/28/2014, and 1/27/2015)

November 2014: MCAS letter (dated 11-20-2014) to Port San Luis Harbor Commission regarding the Wildlife Improvements (website dated 7/18/2014) at Port San Luis 

May 2014: MCAS letter (dated 5-16-2014) to San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors regarding The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County acquisition of the Pismo Preserve (website dated 8/28/2014)

October 2012: MCAS letter (dated 10-16-2012) to the California Coastal Commission Regarding PG&E Seismic Imaging Survey

NATIONAL (most recent first)

February 2021: MCAS letter (dated 2-9-2021) to US Fish and Wildlife Service, expressing support of the hallowed interpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

April 2016: MCAS letter (dated 4-15-2016) to U.S. Department of the Interior: Fish & Wildlife Service, Pacific Southwest Region regarding the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes NWR Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan (website dated 3-2-2016)

March 2014: In a letter to Secretary John Kerry, MCAS comments on the National Interest Determination of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline Project

September 2013: MCAS urges Governor Jerry Brown to sign AB711 and stop the needless poisoning of humans and wildlife with lead ammunition

May 2013: MCAS comments on Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline Project Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement