Kitty Connolly joined the Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve in January 2020 after visiting the Ranch while on vacation. Her work experience includes six years as executive director of the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers & Native Plants in LA and 14 years in education at The Huntington Botanical Gardens. She got her start in museums at the Smithsonian Institution after teaching sciences at a variety of colleges and universities. She holds a B.S. in environmental zoology from Ohio University and a M.A. in geography from UCLA. FFRP brings together her experience in non-profit and education with her academic training in ecology, all on one of the most beautiful plac-es you could hope to live. 

Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve (FFRP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and protec-tion of the 437 acre former Fiscalini Ranch. The Ranch is one of the last unspoiled public open spaces on the Califor-nia coast, and FFRP, in collaboration with the Cambria Community Services District, has stewardship responsibility for conservation, restoration, and public participation programs. 

FFRP holds the Conservation Easement that protects and restores the natural resources on the Preserve and main-tains access as a public trust. The organization is responsible for monitoring the property for purposes of environ-mental, public service, and easement compliance. FFRP reviews all plans affecting the Ranch to safeguard this won-derful public resource. 

In addition, FFRP assists in managing the property for the public by organizing volunteers to remove invasive plants, maintain trails, and plant native species to restore natural habitats. FFRP organizes monthly walks with expert do-cents to educate the public about all aspects of the Ranch and sponsors a wildflower show each spring that displays more than 500 specimens. FFRP raises funds from public and private sources and provides a forum and vehicle for public input and direction on the management of the Ranch.