Press Release – Bill to expand California Coastal National Monument Applauded
Conservation Lands Foundation praises Reps. Caps, Eshoo, Huffman for support of coastal conservation
(September 18, 2015) – The Conservation Lands Foundation applauded the introduction of The California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act of 2015, today by Congresswomen Lois Capps (CA-24), Anna Eshoo (CA-18) and Congressman Jared Huffman (CA-2). The bill will permanently protect important habitat for threatened plants and animals, improve outdoor recreation opportunities and support local economies in Humboldt, Santa Cruz, and San Luis Obispo Counties.
“From elephant seals in Piedras Blancas to redwoods at Cotoni-Coast Dairies – each one of these areas represents a unique and exceptional aspect of the California coast and are deserving of the recognition of national monument status. By protecting these areas, we can guarantee that future generations will have the ability to experience our coast as it is today,” stated Sam Goldman, California State Director with the Conservation Lands Foundation.
The bill includes areas of public land spanning almost the entire length of California’s coast, including Trinidad Head (Humboldt County), Lighthouse Ranch (Humboldt County), Cotoni-Coast Dairies (Santa Cruz County); Piedras Blancas Outstanding Natural Area (San Luis Obispo County); and Rocks and Islands (Orange County).
The California Coastal National Monument was established by President Clinton in 2000 to protect thousands of rocks, islands and geological formations off the California coastline. In 2014, President Obama added Point Arena-Stornetta in Mendocino County to the California Coastal National Monument as its first land-based unit.
“Expanding the California Coastal National Monument in our area has raised the awareness of not only the lands of the Monument, but the communities, attractions and businesses which surround them. We continue to get press from publications across the country,” commented Scott Schneider, immediate past chair of the California Travel Association and former president and CEO of Visit Mendocino, a strong supporter of protection for Point Arena-Stornetta. “These designations help bring much needed resources and attention to our area to ensure our lands are preserved for future generations.”
If passed, the five areas will become part of the California Coastal National Monument which is part of America’s National Conservation Lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. These special places throughout the West preserve our nation’s pioneering spirit by preserving open space and wildlife habitat. In California, the National Conservation Lands include nearly five million acres including national monuments, national conservation areas, wilderness areas, wild and scenic rivers and national scenic and historic trails.
“We commend the members of California’s congressional delegation who have been working with local communities to protect important coastal habitat areas in a way that will also encourage more people to discover these special places,” commented Goldman.