U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
News.bytes Extra, issue 437
North Coast residents celebrate Fish Festival, Coastal Monument, NLCS
North coast residents and visitors joined the BLM to celebrate the 10th birthday of the National Landscape Conservation System and the California Coastal National Monument during the annual Fish Festival held last weekend in the north coast town of Trinidad.
On Saturday, June 19, the BLM and Trinidad Museum Society hosted a birthday party to celebrate the milestones. About 70 party goers enjoyed birthday cake and refreshments at the Trinidad Town Hall which was decorated with NLCS exhibits and photographs. Rick Hanks, the BLM California Coastal National Monument (CCNM) Manager, presented "Rock Star" awards to partners instrumental in forming the Trinidad Gateway to the national monument which protects offshore rocks and islands. Representatives from the City of Trinidad, Humboldt North Coast Land Trust, Trinidad Rancheria and Trinidad Museum Society were on hand to receive their plaques. Also honored as Rock Stars were the California Department of Fish and Game, California State Parks, the Yurok Tribe, Tsurai Ancestral Society, Humboldt State University Marine Laboratory, Coastwalk California, and Redwood Region Audubon.
A highlight of the evening was a slide presentation by noted wildlife biologist and photographer Ron LeValley. The presentation, crafted from Levalley's 70,000-image library, stressed the critical importance of the California Coastal National Monument's rocks and islands for the survival and seabirds and marine mammals.
The Trinidad Gateway Committee, a group of volunteers, has been very active in helping the BLM spread the word the California Coastal National Monument. Its promotional materials, including a brochure, restaurant placemats and informational kiosk, provide information about the importance of the monument for marine life and the important relationship of the community, its coastal environment and its heritage.
- Jeff Fontana, BLM Northern California District, 6/22/10
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