News Release

For Release: October 31, 2007
Contact:   Patricia Ryan, CNRSW Public Affairs Officer (619) 532-1430 or Steve Razo, BLM External Affairs 951-697-5217 

Navy and BLM Team Up to Promote Stewardship

Navy Region Southwest Commander Rear Adm. Len Hering will join Bureau of Land Management (BLM) California State Director Mike Pool, elected officials, key stakeholders and interested public at Naval Base Point Loma, Monday, Nov. 5 at 9 a.m. to witness the signature of a memorandum of understanding in support of protecting and caring for islands, rocks, and pinnacles of the shoreline of California.
“Years of planning, hard work and public involvement have resulted in the signing of this important document which exemplifies the intent and desire of the Navy and BLM to join forces and work in partnership protecting and caring for these valuable coastal assets for the use and enjoyment of Californians and visitors, now and in the years to come,” said Hering.
BLM State Director Mike Pool agrees.  “Anyone who travels up and down the coast of California experiences a breathtaking sight that is unforgettable and found nowhere else in the world.  BLM is entrusted with the care of this treasure and the Navy now joins us in providing their resources which will improve stewardship and save tax dollars.”
A 2000 presidential proclamation created the California Coastal National Monument to protect “...all unappropriated or unreserved lands and interest in lands owned or controlled by the United States in the form of islands, rocks, exposed reefs, and pinnacles above mean high tide within 12 nautical miles of the shoreline of the state of California,” and is cooperatively managed by BLM with other federal, state and local governments, universities and private interests.  The primary purpose of the monument is to protect important geologic features and habitat for marine plants and animals found within its boundaries.  This sizeable monument stretches over 1,100 miles from Mexico to Oregon and includes over 20,000 rocks. 
Navy Region Southwest and BLM have been in negotiations since 2004 to establish a steward relationship over national monument rocks adjacent to Navy coastlines.  After several MOU drafts, we now have approval to move to signature. 
Media and interested public are invited and encouraged to attend the MOU signing ceremony at the ocean overlook parking lot adjacent to Third Fleet Headquarters on Naval Base Point Loma, at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5.  Public entrance will be off Catalina Boulevard, 200 yards south of the intersection of Electron Drive and Catalina Boulevard.  Directional signs off Catalina Boulevard will be posted.  For information please contact Patricia Ryan , Commander-Naval Region Southwest environmental public affairs officer (619) 247-4666 or Stephen Razo, BLM External Affairs at 951-697-5217.