Balance Lost and Found Again

Balance Lost and Found Again (HM17BS)

Location: Pacific Grove, CA 93950 Monterey County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 37.148', W 121° 56.339'

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Asilomar Conference Center

Decades of logging, grazing, recreation, and foot traffic brought Asilomar's dune ecosystem to the brink of extinction. When the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) established the Asilomar summer camp grounds in 1913, the dunes became a recreation area.

By the time California State Parks acquired Asilomar in 1956, the dunes were crisscrossed with walking paths. Foot traffic damaged remaining native vegetation, weakened the towering dunes, and permitted the sand to blow away.

In 1984, California State Parks embarked on a dune restoration project. This required removal of non-native plants, propagation of plants genetically native to Asilomar's dunes, and construction of a boardwalk to provide a pathway through this fragile ecosystem.

Today, the dunes have been returned to a near pristine state with native plants and animals. Dunes Natural Preserve status protects Asilomar's dunes for the future.

Boardwalk Brings Balance
The boardwalk creates a balance by providing us access while protecting the dunes. Wildlife is not disturbed and native plants remain untrampled for future visitors to enjoy.

Benefits of Dune Restoration
· Prevents sand from blowing away
· Protects endangered species.
· Provides habitat for native wildlife
· Restores the natural beauty of the dunes
HM NumberHM17BS
Series This marker is part of the National Historic Landmarks series
Placed ByCalifornia State Parks
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 8:21am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 594875 N 4053146
Decimal Degrees36.61913333, -121.93898333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 37.148', W 121° 56.339'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 37' 8.88" N, 121° 56' 20.34" W
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Area Code(s)831
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11320 Asilomar Beach Boardwalk, Pacific Grove CA 93950, US
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