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.