The newly established non-profit organization CVSOS was founded with an initial goal of acquiring the former Carmel Valley airfield property because of its vital role in protecting parts of the Monterey Peninsula in past catastrophic fires. We need to ensure its availability for emergency services use in future emergencies.
A flat 30-acre parcel of private property with limited trees, this historic airport protects the entire Monterey Peninsula, Highlands & parts of Big Sur coast when used as a staging ground during fires.
The reality is that California now has a year-round fire season. Can you imagine how much more devastating and deadly the Soberanes fire in 2016 would have been if the helicopters and their crews had needed to be staged further away for lack of open space? What about the Bear Basin fire in 2008 when the airfield was used as a firefighter camp?
Big Sur, Carmel Highlands, Carmel-by-the-sea, and Carmel Valley are not just iconic locations…this is the area we call home. It’s up to us to protect our community, our way of life, and this special place. We have this one chance to invest in the future of our community and protect ourselves.
The property is currently for sale as three large developable lots. The development of any one of them potentially corrupts the entire property’s ability to support Cal Fire crews and act as a helicopter staging area. Too many people in California have lost their homes to wildfires in the past four years and have learned how difficult and expensive it is to rebuild. Let’s not lose this chance to protect our homes.