About the California Coastal National Monument

Stewarded by Friends of Point Arena-Stornetta Lands, Trinidad Coastal Land Trust, Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, Mendocino Land Trust

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Established by President Clinton on January 11, 2000, and located along the 1,100 miles of California coastline, the California Coastal National Monument comprises more than 20,000 small islands, rocks, exposed reefs, and pinnacles between Mexico and Oregon. The Monument was expanded in January of 2017 when President Obama added 6,230 acres to include six additional coastal sites. These six sites were first proposed for protection in legislation introduced by members of the California Congressional delegation in 2015. The Monument also includes the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands, designated by President Obama in 2014. The scenic qualities and critical habitat of this public resource are protected as part of the National Conservation Lands. The monument is managed with the assistance of a network Gateway Committees made up of community groups, local governments and conservation organizations and concerned citizens.

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