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News.Bytes Extra, Issue 620



Coast Dairies: A Landmark for Conservation on the California Coast

Almost 6,000 acres of rolling green meadows, redwood forests, and dramatic vistas of Pacific Ocean, just north of Santa Cruz will be permanently protected following the donation of the Coast Dairies property to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) by The Trust for Public Land (TPL).

A view of rolling pastoral grasslands and coastal bluffs from BLM Coast Daires land. BLM photo
 A stunning view from Coast Dairies land looking out over the green pastures, coastal bluffs and the ocean beyond. (Photo by Jim Pickering/BLM)


The donation completes a long-term effort by partners and local communities to provide a natural landscape that can be experienced and enjoyed by the public for generations to come.

“We are honored to be entrusted with managing this stunning coastal landscape,” said Jim Kenna, California State Director of the BLM. “We applaud this conservation endeavor and pledge our continuing support and partnership with local communities who serve as gateways for visitors to these public lands.”

 A view from Coast Dairies land looking out over the coastal bluffs, ocean waves and the California Coastal Natonal Monument. BLM photo
Standing on BLM Coast Dairies land you can look out to the ocean and the California Coastal National Monument. (Photo by Jim Pickering/BLM)


BLM lands will connect the Coast Dairies shoreline beach, recently donated to California State Parks, to the Santa Cruz Mountains east of Highway 1. The landscape includes stunning coastal terraces, rolling pastoral grasslands, oak woodlands and redwood forest.

“Hiking trails and parking will be available to the public later this year,” said Rick Cooper, BLM Hollister Field Manager. “We are also working with local communities and the public to develop a long-term plan that will identify recreational opportunities and other public uses.”
The BLM donation was second major land donation at Coast Diaries. In 2006, the TPL and its supporting organization, the Coast Dairies & Land Co., donated 407 acres to the California state parks system. That earlier donation included land west of U.S. Highway 1 between the highway and the coast.
In addition to the TPL and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, a number of other partners helped the conservation effort including the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, the California Coastal Conservancy and the Save The Redwoods League.
The property transferred to the BLM is located east of Highway 1, stretching up into large stands of redwoods and oak trees in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Trust for Public Land will retain 740 acres, which Coast Dairies & Land Co. will continue to operate for agriculture.


 A view looking out over a forested watershed the flows through the Coast Dairies land. BLM photo
Take a look at the view of the forested watershed flowing through BLM Coast Dairies land. (Photo by Jim Pickering/BLM)


 A freshwater creek running through the oak woodlands of the Coast Dairies land. BLM photo
A freshwater creek nestled in the oak woodlands of the Coast Dairies land. 
(Photo by Jim Pickering/BLM)


 A stand of redwod trees stand tall on the Coast Dairies land. BLM photo
A stand of redwood trees on proud display on the BLM Coast Dairies land. 
(Photo by Jim Pickering/BLM)

-- David Christy, Public Affairs Specialist, Central California District (April 2014)

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Last updated: 04-17-2014