Conservation Organization Applauds Representative Thompson’s Effort to Expand California Coastal National Monument

Conservation Organization Applauds Representative Thompson’s
Effort to Expand California Coastal National Monument

Protection of Stornetta Public Lands worthy addition to National Conservation Lands

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (April 27, 2012) – Today, the Conservation Lands Foundation praised U.S. Representative Mike Thompson’s introduction of a bill to expanding the California Coastal National Monument to include the Stornetta Public Lands in Mendocino County, California.

“Congressman Thompson should be commended for working to safeguard California’s coastal heritage,” said Sam Goldman, California State Director with the Conservation Lands Foundation. “Permanently protecting the Stornetta Public will ensure this iconic section of Mendocino’s coastline will be persevered for future generations. It will also protect habitat for migratory waterfowl and the mouth of the Garcia River which is critical for Coho and Chinook salmon.”

Called one of the most significant parts of the Mendocino coastline, the Stornetta Public Lands consists of nearly 1,200 acres of important several riparian corridors and extensive wetlands. “The Stornetta Public Lands supports many plant communities special to the north coast, including bishop pine and shore pine forests, coastal bluff scrub, small wetlands, and coastal prairie remnants, all in a spectacular setting.  There are few examples of any of these left anywhere in California,” said Nancy Morin, President of the California Native Plant Society Dorothy King Young Chapter. “Protecting them now will allow these naturally resilient plants to serve as home and food for a rich array of birds, animals and insects.”

Historically, national monument designations also have brought increased federal resources, research, and interpretation thereby providing for higher quality visitor facilities, better public education and improved site stabilization.

“Protection of the Stornetta Lands will have far-reaching and lasting benefits for the economy of the northern California coast. The Stornetta Lands is a magnificent coastal property with tremendous conservation value and tourism draw,” stated Linda Ruffing, City Manager, City of Fort Bragg, CA. “Properties like this are few and far between. Its protection is a valuable legacy for future generations.”

The California Coastal National Monument is part of the National Conservation Lands, the 27-million acre collection of the most ecologically, culturally and historically significant public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. These lands include National Conservation Areas, National Monuments, Wilderness Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers and National Scenic and Historic Trails.

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