The Explorer is a past Newsletter of Cabrillo National Monument and the Cabrillo National Monument Foundation. An article in its December 1996 issue includes a letter from former Superintendent Terry DiMattio on why TPERP was created and its primary purpose.
Superintendent’s Report by Terry DiMattio
I usually do not write about a single topic, but in this issue I want to focus on the Tidepool Protection, Education, and Restoration Program that we implemented on November 9, 1996. This program is one of the most important things we have done since I have been superintendent. Its purpose is to restore the health of the intertidal area, while allowing visitors to continue to explore this fascinating yet fragile part of the park. This comprehensive program is based on the findings of the six-year study that marine biologists Gary Davis and John Engle have been conducting since the fall of 1990. We are troubled by these findings, but believe that if we act now, we may be able to restore the tidepools so our children and our children’s children will be able to enjoy them.