BLM California News.bytes 
News.bytes Extra, issue 517

New Fort Bragg partners will help with Coastal Monument management 

BLM managers and coastal partners recently celebrated their intent to cooperate on managing the California Coastal National Monument, signing memoranda of understanding to work together as "collaborative managing partners."

A significant part of the event held at the historic Guest House Museum in Fort Bragg, was the City of Fort Bragg's announcement that its promotion committee will take the lead in coordinating the Fort Bragg-Mendocino Gateway Committee. Fort Bragg becomes the first municipality to take the lead in coordinating a CCNM gateway committee.

The new partners are the City of Fort Bragg, Caspar Community, Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden, Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association, and the Fort Bragg-Mendocino Historical Society.

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Fort Bragg Mayor Dave Turner addresses the audience as he prepares to sign the MOU on behalf of the city.

The partnership MOUs, also signed by BLM California State Director Jim Kenna, commit the partners to assisting one another with the long term preservation, stewardship, public education and promotion of the CCNM rocks and islands and coastal resources. The new gateway area includes the coastline off the city and extends about 10 miles north.

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Kendall Smith, a member of the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors and the BLM's Northwest California Resource Advisory Council, speaks about the importance of the partnership.

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Rick Hanks, manager of the California Coastal National Monument, presents a monument Rock Star award to Ruth Sparks, a member of the city promotional committee and the Mendocino Study Club. Sparks was recognized for her leadership in promoting the CCNM on the Mendocino Coast.

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A view of the CCNM shoreline rocks north of the city of Fort Bragg.

The Fort Bragg-Mendocino Gateway is one of 12 gateway areas identified along the length of the coast. Gateway committees are active in Trinidad, Shelter Cove, Fort Bragg, Point Arena and Rancho Palos Verdes.

In Fort Bragg, the new committee members joined the existing committee that includes California State Parks' Mendocino Coast Division, Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce, Mendocino Study Club, Visit Mendocino County, Inc., the Fort Bragg Parlor of the Native Daughters of the Golden West, Coastwalk California, the Recreational Fishing Alliance, Mendocino County Historical Society, U. S. Coast Guard, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and California Department of Fish and Game.

Learn more about the California Coastal National Monument, a unit of the BLM's National Landscape Conservation System, by visiting www.blm.gov/ca/ccnm.

 - Jeff Fontana, BLM Northern California District public affairs specialist (February 4, 2012)

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