California State Parks is considering a reservation system for Point Lobos State Natural Reserve as part of a broader plan to balance safe public access with resource protection and protect the Reserve from damage by intensive visitor use. That broader plan includes ongoing research of human impacts to critical and irreplaceable natural and cultural resources, restoration projects to replace lost habitat, more effective trail boundaries, more effective and new methods of conservation messaging and increased enforcement within the Reserve. California State Parks will require collaboration and support from partner agencies, including Caltrans and the California Coastal Commission, to implement changes that address traffic and pedestrian safety issues in and near the Reserve.
As an active partner, the Point Lobos Foundation supports and encourages California State Parks as it considers novel, adaptive management strategies to responsibly balance access with conservation. Highly visited parks like Muir Woods National Monument have demonstrated great success in implementing strategies similar to those being considered for Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.
For more information about the Carmel Area State Parks General Plan, in process since 2012, click here. For more information about Point Lobos Foundation's positions on various aspects of this plan, including official comments made to California State Parks since 2012, click here.