To honor and preserve the natural and cultural legacy of Santa Cruz County’s North Coast.
Friends of the North Coast originally was formed in autumn 1991, as an outgrowth of the activities of the group Save the Gray Whale Parklands, which fought to protect and preserve the varied natural habitats of the extraordinarily scenic 2,300-acre Gray Whale Ranch. FONC then broadened its vision to include all of the North Coast wild lands.
Uniting for a common Cause
For its first undertaking, Friends of the North Coast produced a debut celebration in November of 1991: a series of lectures, poetry readings, hikes, concerts, and art exhibits, called “In Praise of the North Coast”. With this event, the community at large was able to better share an appreciation of the unique values of our North Coast.
Saving Gray Whale
Gray Whale Ranch, under severe threat of development and inappropriate logging in the early nineties, was purchased in 1996 by the Save-the-Redwoods League, and subsequently incorporated into Wilder Ranch State Park. Save-the-Redwoods League purchased and protected the 7,900 acre Coast Dairies & Land property two years later, turning the beach parcels over to California State Parks and, in 2014, after separating out parcels which are leased for agriculture, the 5,800 acres of the uplands to the federal Bureau of Land Management.
Mostly dormant for the past decade, we have revived the name Friends of the North Coast to focus on today’s threats to the North Coast, which includes the potential overuse of Coast Dairies from its designation as a National Monument, and the accompanying expected increased impacts on the beaches of Coast Dairies State Park, which already are suffering from litter, graffiti and inebriated celebrations.