Please thank Representative Jared Huffman for passing a bill to expand the California Coastal National Monument (CCNM)!


Please thank Representative Jared Huffman for passing a bill to expand the California Coastal National Monument (CCNM)!


Freshman Representative Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael), whose district includes California’s breathtaking North Coast, introduced his first-ever piece of federal legislation back in April: the California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act of 2013 (HR 1411). Veteran Congressman Mike Thompson (D-Napa), who used to represent the North Coast but was redistricted out of the region, quickly signed on to HR 1411 as a cosponsor (Mr. Thompson had previously championed the proposal when he represented the area). On July 22, HR 1411 passed the House of Representatives! Please join us in thanking Representative Huffman for working to pass this important piece of legislation!

 

BACKGROUND

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oversees about 1,132 acres of coastal public lands at Point Arena in Mendocino County, south of Fort Bragg. The BLM land features magnificent ocean views, rugged bluffs, natural bridges and arches and inland "blow holes" where ocean spray can erupt like a geyser. The BLM holdings run from Manchester State Beach in the north to just short of the small community of Point Arena in the south. The public lands surround the historic Point Arena Lighthouse.

In addition to the waterfalls and other scenic features, the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands contain critically important habitat for plants and wildlife including extensive wetlands, meadows, sand dunes, and the estuary of the Garcia River. These diverse habitats support migratory waterfowl, raptors such as hawks, owls and falcons, and salmon and steelhead trout. The Garcia River and surrounding wetlands are also home to the endangered Point Arena mountain beaver, which is found nowhere else on Earth. The Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands also offer outstanding public recreational opportunities, including hiking, beachcombing, diving, fishing, bird and whale watching, and many other outdoor pursuits.

Despite these many values, the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands have no truly significant layer of protection to preserve them for the creatures that call them home and for future generations to enjoy. Adding the Stornetta Public Lands to the CCNM would help BLM secure the resources needed to effectively manage this area and protect its natural values. Established in 2000 by President Bill Clinton, the CCNM encompasses 20,000 small islands, rocks, pinnacles, and exposed reefs along 1,100 miles of California’s magnificent coastline from Oregon to Mexico. The Monument helps protect the outstanding scenery and natural beauty of the shore, along with its wildlife, recreational, and cultural values.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO!

Please contact Representative Huffman and thank him for getting HR 1411 passed. Feel free to personalize your message with your own thoughts, particularly if you have visited this scenic area. You can deliver this message in three ways:

(1) If you reside in the 2nd. Congressional District (Marin, Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, Del Norte and western Sonoma counties) which Congressman Huffman represents, click here to send him an e-mail.

(2) If you live outside the 2nd. CD, please simply call his office at (202) 225-5161.

(3) Visit his Facebook page and leave him a message.

 

For more information, please contact Ryan Henson of the California Wilderness Coalition at rhenson@calwild.org or at 530-365-2737.