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A smiling girl holds a snake across her shoulders
Roscoe the gopher snake drew budding herpetologists including Cassidy, at the a California Coastal National Monument 10th anniversary event during a Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History "Science Saturday."



News.bytes Extra, issue 462

NLCS 10th Anniversary Events

A look back at some of the events BLM-California held or took part in this year, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the National Landscape Conservation System.  The events started with a "pre-anniversary" celebration last year: 

May 30, 2009
Headwaters Forest Reserve - Anniversary Open House
A "pre-anniversary" event was held when BLM opened the Headwaters Education Center to the general public. Posters interpreting the importance of the effort to save the Headwaters were on display and a lively group of local musicians entertained almost a hundred attendees about the thousand year redwood trees in the Reserve managed by BLM in cooperation with the California Department of Fish and Game.

January 10, 2010
California Coastal National Monument - Community Festival
The California Coastal National Monument, also 10 years old, shared the NLCS anniversary at Point Arena on the Mendocino Coast, where 300 residents and visitors joined BLM staff for a day of indoor and outdoor events, complete with a birthday cake reception. The celebration included tours of the BLM's Stornetta Public Lands, and an exhibit of the 2010 commemorative NLCS photographs by the BLM's own Bob Wick.

February 13, 16, and 18
135th anniversary - Piedras Blancas Light Station Outstanding Natural Area
School children from the nearby Grover Heights Elementary School, who created the "Pennies for Piedras" campaign to restore the light station, thought a birthday party was in order when the Piedras Blancas Light Station, built in 1875, turned 135 years old.  BLM agreed and a joint event to mark the birthday along with the NLCS anniversary was held, drawing more than several hundred guests.  The students were the star of the show, entertaining the guests with songs and poems and stories about the Station.

March 6
Wildflower Festival, Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center
The Friends of the Desert Mountains and the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument took advantage of their annual wildflower festival to focus attention on the NLCS anniversary at the monument's Visitor Center in Palm Desert. More than 3,000 people attended the event, which included musical performances, wine tasting, wildflower workshops, guided hikes and nature walks.

March 6
26th Annual “Whale of a Day” Celebration, Palos Verdes Peninsula

Three musicians play in front of an old "Save Headwaters" poster
Musicians perform under a banner pre-dating the creation of the Headwaters Forest Reserve.

The California Coastal National Monument staff participated in the Point Vicente Interpretive Center's 26th Annual “Whale of a Day” festival as part of the NLCS anniversary celebration.  Co-sponsored by the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and the docents of Los Serenos de Point Vicente, the event drew more than 2,600 people, The festival celebrates the migration of Pacific gray whales from Baja California to Alaska.

April 8–11
Western Wilderness Conference, University of California Berkeley
As part of the annual national gathering of wilderness constituencies from across the West, BLM hosted an NLCS photo exhibit to celebrate the 10th anniversary with the conservation community.  Over 550 people attended from all 13 western states, including staff from Federal, State and local agencies.   BLM provided a variety of public education materials, including a series of California NLCS unit posters with photos taken by BLM photographer Bob Wick.  Carl Rountree, BLM NLCS and Jim Abbott, Acting California State Director, spoke at the conference.

April 10
Signing of the Carrizo Plain National Monument Resource Management Plan, Carrizo Plain National Monument
The long-awaited approval of the plan to guide management of the Carrizo Plain National Monument took place in front of more than 400 people who attended the 10th Anniversary NLCS event at the historic El Saucito Ranchhouse. To the cheers of the audience, Acting State Director Jim Abbott signed the resource management plan, the result of years of work by BLM and its many public partners.  The Friends of Carrizo Plain and BLM staff also hosted volunteer projects, tours of the monument, a barbeque, and recognition of partners and volunteers.

April 17
Earth Day at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, San Pedro 
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium was the site for an event where over 1,400 people of all ages learned more about the offshore rocks and islands comprising the California. The event started early with a coastal cleanup at Point Fermin State Marine Park and the Cabrillo beaches. In late morning and the afternoon, visitors took part in workshops and activities to learn more about coastal resources. The BLM hosted activities for kids including arts and crafts and distributed pins, posters and bandanas.

April 21–23
California Trails and Greenways Conference, Cambria
The California Coastal National Monument hosted a photo exhibit and display about the Monument and the NLCS Anniversary at the California Trails and Greenway Conference held by the California Department of State Parks at Cambria.  BLM also hosted tours at the nearby Piedras Blancas Light Station, also a unit of the NLCS as part of the celebration.

May 7–9
People wander on a grassy area above a rocky ocean cliff
Staff from BLM's Ukiah Field Office led a tour of the Stornetta Public lands.

California Redwoods Bird & Nature Festival, Crescent City
The California Coastal National Monument joined the Redwood Coast Audubon Society to host hundreds of bird and nature enthusiasts who gathered in Crescent City for the annual festival celebrating the unique diversity of birds, habitats, wildlife, native plants, culture, and heritage found in Del Norte County. To celebrate the joint anniversary of the Monument and the NLCS, children created brown pelican headbands and colored shorebird drawings.

May 8
Piedras Blancas Light Station 2nd Anniversary of Designation
Piedras Blancas Light Station Outstanding Natural Area was designated part of the NLCS by Congress in May 2008, and BLM celebrated the anniversary in conjunction with the NLCS anniversary by sponsoring tours of the light station featuring natural and cultural history of the light station.  Cooperators included Piedras Blancas Light Station Association and the Pennies for Piedras Club, and BLM

June 12
Trinity River Wild and Scenic River Celebration
BLM staff joined the Trinity River Restoration Program to make an interpretive float trip down the Trinity River Wild and Scenic River as part of the NLCS anniversary celebration.  The BLM provided rafts and invited others to join in their own watercraft for a tour of the river on relatively calm water from the Rush Creek River Access to Steel Bridge. The Trinity River was designated as a Wild and Scenic River in1968, and has been part of the NLCS since its inception in 2000.

June 19, 20
Main Street annual Fish Festival at Trinidad
Over 750 people, including north coast residents and visitors joined the BLM to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the National Landscape Conservation System and the California Coastal National Monument during the annual Fish Festival, in Trinidad on Saturday, June 19.  About 70 people enjoyed birthday cake and refreshments at the Trinidad Town Hall where NLCS exhibits and photographs were on display.

A "bearded old miner" speaks into a microphone as a woman grins nearby
Arcata Field Manager Lynda Roush being upstaged by David Simpson, an actor and early leader in the effort to restore salmon habitat in the Mattole watershed.  “Dead Smellin’ Dave” gave King Range fans a history lesson with his biting satire.
June 26
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History exhibit "Habitats: Past and Present"
The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History hosted an event attended by 250 people to celebrate the NLCS anniversary featuring the opening of a California Coastal National Monument photo exhibit.  BLM also presented a paleontology collection—a display of marine and terrestrial fossils found in the general location of the California coastline 30 to 65 million years ago.

July 19
Coastal Discovery Fair at Randolph Hearst Memorial State Beach
More than 300 people participated in the annual Coastal Discovery Fair sponsored by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, California State Parks, and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.  Part of this year's event was a booth sponsored by BLM to celebrate the NLCS Anniversary where kids measured tidepool animal replicas, while their parents or grandparents learned more about the System.
July 24
San Diego Parks & Open Spaces Day at Cabrillo National Monument
BLM staff hosted a booth at this event, which drew 2,000, where they gave out posters, postcards, pins, pencils, bandanas, and brochures about the California Coastal National Monument and the 10th Anniversary of the NLCS.  Kids visiting the booth decorated their own laminated bookmarks using a variety of ocean and marine related rubber stamps.

September 10–12
40th Anniversary Celebration—King Range National Conservation Area
A highlight of the year-long celebration of the NLCS was a joint event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the King Range National Conservation Area.  More than 200 visitors celebrated the first BLM National Conservation Area designated by Congress in 1970.  BLM Director Bob Abbey attended, telling the crowd: "I am confident that the King Range, the crown jewel of the BLM and the National Landscape Conservation System, will continue to be taken care of and treasured.”  A highlight was a presentation by Ray and Marie Raphael, who founded "Nick's Interns," a volunteer group that provides opportunities for high school students to work on a range of restoration projects in the NCA, in memory of their late son, Nick, who did similar work in the King Range.  Local musicians added to the festivities that included booths from community groups. 

October 18
10th Anniversary Celebration—Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
Coincidentally, the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument celebrated its 10th anniversary on October 18 along with the NLCS.  Over 150 people participated in the event which featured bill-sponsor Rep. Mary Bono-Mack and Carl Rountree, Director of NLCS, and a host of partners and Monument supporters.  The BLM and the U.S. Forest Service, along with California State Parks and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, cooperatively manage the Monument.

November 5
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail Celebration at the Whitewater Preserve
A picture-perfect day framed this event designed to celebrate the recent improvements made to the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, a unit of the NLCS, through a successful partnering of youth, stimulus funding and community support.  An event to celebrate both the PCT and the NLCS was held at the Wildlands Conservancy's Whitewater Preserve.  Co-hosted by BLM, the Pacific Crest Trail Association, the Friends of the Desert Mountains, the Student Conservation Association, and the US Forest Service, the event drew about 100, and awards were given to a number of attendees, including an octogenarian who recently walked the entire 2,650 mile trail.

A young woman in a yellow hard hat talks to visitors among desert brush
A Student Conservation Association intern demonstrated trail maintenance techniques near Whitewater Preserve. (Story and photos in Riverside Press-Enterprise, 11/8/10)

 A large group poses for a photo outside the visitors center
The many friends and partners of the Monument stand with Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack prior to formal 10th anniversary events at the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.

  A woman helps a young girl with her coloring project
Hannah Stulzman of BLM's Arcata Field Office helps a Trinidad Fish Festival visitor with her art project.

Children wear masks of water creatures in a performance
Whitethorn School, Lost Coast Life Lab 4th, 5th and 6th graders present masks and poetry about the Mattole Watershed, during the 40th anniversary celebration for the King Range National Conservation Area.

- Josh Hamari, BLM California, Dec. 2010

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Last updated: 12-21-2010