11.6.13

Interior Secretary Jewell to Hold Public Meeting on CA Coastal National Monument Addition

On Friday, November 8th, 2013, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will hold a public meeting to discuss the community’s vision for the protection of the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands.

This event is the first public meeting held by Secretary Jewell after a recent and significant speech at the National Press Club outlining her conservation priorities, which include strengthening our economy and passing on the country’s conservation legacy to the next generation.

The Mendocino Land Trust, a member of our Friends Grassroots Network, is helping to lead a community campaign for the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands to be added to the California Coastal Monument. This effort has garnered widespread input from local elected officials and community leaders, the business and conservation communities, as well as local students who, as part of the Students Protecting the Coast project, have written letters and sent paintings of the area to the President, First Lady, and the Secretary of the Interior.

Interior Secretary Jewell will be joined by BLM Principal Deputy Director, Neil Kornze; Congressman Jared Huffman; John Laird, State of California Secretary for Natural Resources; Representatives from the Point Arena/Manchester Band of Pomo Indians; representatives from the offices of Senators Feinstein and Boxer; members of the local business community; and local students.

Conservation Lands Foundation is excited to see Secretary Jewell respond to the Point Arena community’s request for action, and to see this important first step from the Secretary in implementing the bold vision for land conservation she outlined last week.