Ryan Masters

Ryan Masters is a writer and volunteer firefighter from Lompico, California, who spent a decade on staff at the Santa Cruz Sentinel and The Monterey County Weekly. His words have appeared in publications such as The Iowa Review, Catamaran Literary Reader, Gargoyle Magazine, Tule Review, Portland Review, Unlikely Stories, The Surfer’s Journal, Surfer, Scuba Diving, and many others. Learn more at ryanmasters831.com.

Caring for the Land That Cares For Us


Today, Midpen’s expertise extends beyond acquiring land for the public and into the complex work of restoring and sustaining it. It funds studies of local species—from burrowing owls to the marbled murrelet—and awards grants to improve accessibility, interpretation, and education.