BLM California News.bytes 
News.bytes Extra, issue 523

Fort Bragg-Mendocino Gateway Committee is Up and Running

 The newest partnership in the Bureau of Land Management's California Coastal National Monument is off and running on the northern Mendocino coast. The Fort Bragg-Mendocino Gateway Committee held its first meeting on March 14, and while some organizational details are still being worked out, the committee is already progressing on its first project to promote the monument. A draft "Rock Walks" map showing good onshore viewing locations for the offshore rocks was reviewed by committee members and work is continuing.

a group assembles around a large table
BLM Ukiah Field Manager Rich Burns addresses the group (inset) during the gateway committee's inaugural meeting held at Fort Bragg's town hall.

The gateway committee, a consortium of federal, state and local agencies and private organizations, agreed that its area of emphasis will be a stretch of coastline from the Navarro River on the south to Rockport on the north. The gateway area encompasses public lands managed by the BLM's Arcata and Ukiah field offices. The city of Fort Bragg's Promotion Committee is taking the initial lead in the Gateway organization. (more text below)

A view out over rocks and waves along the shore
Above and below: California Coastal National Monument islets off the Mendocino Headlands near the town of Mendocino.
a view over yellow and purple wildflowers to a rocky shore and the ocean
a woman points out a site along a rocky shore, to her companion
 The rocks of the California Coastal National Monument -- here off the grounds of the Mendocino Botanical Gardens -- provide a beautiful backdrop for the city of Fort Bragg.

Members of the partnership include the City of Fort Bragg, Caspar Community, Coastwalk California, Fort Bragg-Mendocino Coast Historical Society, Mendocino Area Parks Association, Mendocino Coast Audubon Society, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce, Mendocino County Historical Society, Mendocino Land Trust, Mendocino Study Club, Native Daughters of the Golden West (Fort Bragg Parlor no. 210), Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers' Association, the Recreational Fishing Alliance, Visit Mendocino County, Inc., and the core managing partners of the CCNM: the BLM, California Department of Fish and Game and California State Parks.

California Coastal National Monument Gateways are areas in which the BLM and its partners can provide public information about the monument's rocks and islands and their importance for coastal communities. The gateways also provide opportunities for groups to work together on projects to protect the monument features and the habitat they provide for seabirds, marine mammals, unique plants and cultural resources.

In addition to Fort Bragg, gateway committees are working in Trinidad, Shelter Cove, Point Arena, Piedras Blancas and on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. These groups' projects have ranged from interpretive kiosks and educational brochures to assisting the BLM with special events such as the 10th anniversary celebration of the CCNM, the annual Whale of a Day event in southern California and the Fish Festival celebration in Trinidad.

The California Coastal National Monument, established in 2000, includes more than 20,000 rocks, islands and exposed reefs from the mean high tide line, out 12 nautical miles along the entire California Coast.

- Photos: Rick Hanks, California Coastal Monument Manager

- Jeff Fontana, BLM Northern California District public affairs officer (March 20, 2012)

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