BLM California Leader of the Coast to Retire
On Thursday, May 12, 2013, BLM staff and leaders from coastal communities gathered at the Point Arena Lighthouse in Mendocino County, California to thank and honor Herrick (Rick) E. Hanks, the first manager of the California Coastal National Monument (CCNM) and BLM employee since 1973. He is retiring at the end of May.
Mr. Hanks has been a true champion for the Monument and has inspired communities and leaders up and down the California coast.. The California Coastal National Monument is a unique monument that protects 20,000 rocks and islands from the Mexico Border to the Oregon border and was established by President Clinton in 2000 by presidential proclamation. Since that time, Mr. Hanks was instrumental in implementing the Monument’s Resource Management Plan, developing more than 45 partnerships (both Collaborative Partners and Stewards, each with individual memorandum of understanding), and initiating the California Coastal National Monument Gateway Committee effort. Because of the geographic length of the monument, BLM partners with local organizations, cities and towns to help manage the incredible beauty where land meets sea.
Leslie Dahloff, former Point Arena mayor and conservation leader with the Moat Creek Management Agency and one of the original leaders on protecting public lands in Point Arena,said, “The CCNM Gateway Committees that Rick Hanks helped to form are an opportunity for all of us who work to protect and restore the coast, and to enhance the public’s access and enjoyment of these natural areas, to come together and communicate, to share ideas and plans, share resources – to collaborate. We look forward to this being a lasting legacy of Rick’s tenure as the manager of the California Coastal National Monument.”
The BLM is focusing on establishing new partnerships and expanding participation from the California Resources Agency and formalizing other partnerships. And currently the communities of Point Arena and citizens of Mendocino County and conservationists from around California are working to establish the very first inland section of the Monument at the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands. The campaign is being lead by business leaders, elected officials and environmental organizations, resulting in Senator Boxer and Congressman Huffman introducing legislation to expand the monument.
The Conservation Lands Foundation applauds Rick Hanks for his years of service to protect the National Conservation Lands and wishes him well on his retirement.