U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
For Release: April 29, 2008
BLM, Coastwalk Enter Coastal Monument Partnership
The U. S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Coastwalk, a non-profit coastal access and conservation organization, have signed a partnership agreement focusing on the preservation and stewardship of the California Coastal National Monument (CCNM) and the California Coastal Trail (CCT).
Building public awareness of coastal and ocean resources and responsible public use are key elements.
Through a memorandum of understanding, Coastwalk and the BLM have agreed to coordinate in long-term protection and public education efforts regarding the rocks and islands of the CCNM. In addition, Coastwalk will participate in developing CCNM community gateways where the public can learn more about the CCNM and about the CCT.
The BLM, working collaboratively with a wide range of partners, is responsible for protecting the more than 20,000 rocks and islands and the habitat they provide.
The California Coastal Trail (CCT), mandated in 1972 by Proposition 20, is one of the great trails in the nation. Roughly half the 1,200-mile trail, which runs along the entire coastline, is complete.
Coastwalk, a grassroots organization founded in 1983, promotes responsible public access to the California coast, in part through promotion and stewardship of the CCT.
"We work for both coastal protection and public access," Gibson said. "Our vision is for a well-stewarded California coast, highly prized as an irreplaceable commons, open to all."