Press Release – Legislation to designate Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument applauded

Santa Cruz Redwoods hikeSAN FRANCISCO, CA (February 12, 2015) – The Conservation Lands Foundation praised U.S. Representative Anna G. Eshoo’s (CA-18) introduction of a bill (H.R. 908) to permanently protect the Santa Cruz County’s Coast Dairies property as the Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument, which would add this unique area to our National Conservation Lands.

“This area represents a critical element of the California coastal character. A Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument designation would highlight this place for all Americans in a way that both protects the area’s historic and natural heritage while providing a source of inspiration for future generations,” stated former U.S. Secretary of the Interior and Conservation Lands Foundation board member, Bruce Babbitt. Sec. Babbitt was the keynote speaker at an event on February 12th to kick off a campaign in support of the national monument.

Coast Dairies is an iconic property on the Santa Cruz coast. It includes approximately 500 acres of redwood forests and thousands of acres of rolling coastal hillsides and grazing lands. The property’s diverse ecosystem supports critical wildlife habitat for several endangered species and rare plants, including many special-status species.

Protecting the area as a national monument would also add 13 miles to the California Coastal Trail – a network of public trails for walkers, bikers, equestrians and others along the California coastline. With its incredible ocean views, the area represents a critical element of the California coastal character and deserves to be protected for future generations.

“We look forward to continuing to work with Congresswoman Eschoo and local stakeholders to ensure that the Coast Dairies property receives the permanent protection it deserves,” said Sam Goldman, California Program Director with the Conservation Lands Foundation.

Local groups including the Living Landscape Initiative, a collaborative working to protect open space in the region, as well as Sempervirens Fund and the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, are spearheading the effort. The organizations have been reaching out to residents to discuss options for appropriate management and stewardship of the special area.

If the property is designated as a national monument, the Santa Cruz Redwoods will become 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.

Click here for more information about the campaign and the support for the Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument.

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