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Northern California District
Release Date: 05/07/14
Contacts: Lynda Roush (707) 825-2309 or Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332    
News Release No. CA-N-14-50

BLM, Coast Guard to Celebrate Transfer of Trinidad Lighthouse

Perched on a cliff 190 feet above the Pacific, the Trinidad Lighthouse for more than a century has been an important navigational beacon for mariners navigating off the rocky northern California coastline. Because it's hidden from mainland view on the edge of Trinidad Head and trail access has been restricted, the lighthouse has not been well known to the public, as are many Pacific Coast lighthouses.

All that will change May 16, when a ceremony marks the transfer of ownership from the U. S. Coast Guard to the Bureau of Land Management.

A celebration marking the transfer and other coastal partnerships gets underway at 11 a.m.  on Trinidad Head. The event is open to the public, but space and parking are limited. The BLM recommends carpooling. Those planning to attend must reserve space by contacting Leisyka Parrott at the BLM’s Arcata Field Office, (707) 825-2313, by Friday, May 9.

The event will include presentations by BLM, Coast Guard, community and tribal leaders, and information about related community partnerships including Redwood Edventures and the Rivers to Redwoods partnership involving the Six Rivers National Forest and community organizations.

Docents from the Trinidad Museum will lead guided walks to the lighthouse from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

The BLM and community partners will be developing plans for periodic guided walks to the lighthouse, which will continue in service as an aid to navigation. The scenic trail offers outstanding views of Trinidad Harbor and the rocks and islands of the BLM's California Coastal National Monument.

The Trinidad Lighthouse site was withdrawn from public use and set aside for lighthouse operations in presidential executive orders in 1866 and 1908. The BLM and Coast Guard for the past several years have been discussing transfer of the land back into public ownership.

The Trinidad Gateway Committee, formed to help the BLM with managing and promoting the California Coastal National Monument has supported the transfer and with work with the BLM on management. Gateway Committee members include representatives from the City of Trinidad, the Yurok Tribe, Trinidad Rancheria, Trinidad Museum Society, California State Parks, Humboldt State University Marine Lab, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Tsurai Ancestral Society, Trinidad Coastal Land Trust, Coastwalk California, Redwood Region Audubon and the Trinidad Chamber of Commerce.


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Last updated: 05-07-2014