U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|California Coastal National Monument|
January 15, 2010
California Coastal National Monument Turns 10 Years Old!! Established by Presidential Proclamation on January 11, 2000, the California Coastal National Monument (CCNM) is now 10 years old. The CCNM’s tenth anniversary will be celebrated throughout 2010 with a variety of events along the California coast, along with the tenth anniversary of the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS), of which the CCNM is a part. The kick-off for the year-long celebration was the CCNM Ten Year Birthday Party held on January 10th at Point Arena (See article on Page 2).
Presidential Proclamation Number 7264 that established the CCNM was signed by President Bill Clinton at a ceremony in Arizona at the Grand Canyon. This ceremony also involved the establishment of two other Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administered national monuments. Six months later on July 12, 2000, following the direction of then Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, the U.S. Department of the Interior administratively established the National Landscape Conservation System within the BLM. Nine years later, on March 30, 2009, President Obama signed the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009, which among other things put into law the 26-million acre BLM administered National Landscape Conservation System.
The BLM will continue to celebrate both the CCNM and the National Conservation’s tenth anniversaries throughout 2010 with variety of events in California. In addition to the kick-off held at Point Arena, the events currently being planned for associated with the CCNM’s tenth anniversary [and within various CCNM Gateway areas] are:
March 6 – “Whale of a Day” at Point Vicente Interpretive Center, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA: BLM booth focusing on the CCNM and NLCS 10th Anniversary [Palos Verdes Peninsula Gateway, Palm Springs/South Coast Field Office]
April 17 – Earth Day Celebration at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, San Pedro, CA: BLM booth promoting the CCNM and the CCNM and NLCS 10th Anniversary (Working on arranging to hang the CCNM photo exhibit) [Palos Verdes Peninsula Gateway, Palm Springs/South Coast Field Office]
April 21-23 – California Trails and Greenways Conference, Cambria Pines Lodge, Cambria, CA: NLCS 10th Anniversary exhibit and CCNM Gateway photo exhibit at conference location, plus an open house and tour at Piedras Blancas Light Station Outstanding Natural Area [Piedras Blancas-San Simeon Gateway, Bakersfield Field Office]
June 20 – “Trinidad Fishing Festival” at Trinidad, CA: Expanding on local celebration with recognition of CCNM Trinidad Gateway partners and education program accomplishments, plus possible opening of CCNM photo exhibit and guided hikes and kayak tours [Trinidad Gateway, Arcata Field Office]
June 26 – Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, Pacific Grove, CA: CCNM Gateway photo exhibit opening with focus on the CCNM and NLCS 10th anniversary celebration and recognition of community education programming with BLM Hollister and Fort Ord Public Lands staff [Monterey Peninsula Gateway, Hollister Field Office]
October 21 – King Range National Conservation Area 40th Anniversary of the nation’s first National Conservation Area and including recognition of CCNM and NLCS 10th anniversary [Lost Coast Gateway, Arcata Field Office]
A “Chronological History of BLM’s California Rocks & Islands & the California Coastal National Monument” is attached at the end of this CCNM Update.
California Coastal National Monument 10 Year Birthday Party Held at Point Arena. It was a “Rockin’” Birthday Party!! Point Arena residents and visitors joined California Coastal National Monument Point Arena Gateway partners and a variety of BLM personnel in Point Arena on Sunday, January 10, to celebrate the CCNM’s ten year birthday (established on January 11, 2000). This event also served as the kick-off for a year-long celebration of the tenth anniversary of both the CCNM and the BLM’s Natural Landscape Conservation System, which the CCNM is a part.
The day-long activities began with a morning birding walk lead by local Mendocino Coast Audubon Society chapter President David Jensen. Dave led about 30 bird watching enthusiasts on the BLM Stornetta Public Lands to the terrace overlooking the estuary of the Garcia River. With spotting scoping and binoculars, the group saw a wide variety of bird species, from water fowl to wading birds and from song birds to raptors.
At mid-morning, a brief public reception was held at Arena Theater with a great variety of snacks provided by local individuals. This was followed by the opening of the theater program where BLM Ukiah Field Office Manager Rich Burns, serving as the master of ceremony, welcomed the more than 70 people in attendance. Heidi Dickerson, field staff representative for Congressman Mike Thompson, read a letter from the Congressman who could not attend because he was on his way back to Washington for the opening of the Congress after the Holiday break. In the letter, Congressman Thompson said that the “economically essential, culturally significant, and environmentally unique ecosystems of the California Coastal National Monument are American treasures” and that he was “continuously impressed with the collaborative approach of our local, state, and Federal partners in managing these outstanding coastal sites.” He added that the “California Coastal National Monument has an important role to play in coastal decision-making both here on the Mendocino Coast and throughout California” and that he looked “forward to the Monument as [a] manifestation of our shared goal of protecting, maintaining, and restoring our coastal habitats and resources for the enjoyment of current and future generations.”
Point Arena Mayor Lauren Sinnott welcomed the group on behalf of the City of Point Arena and stated that she was very proud of the role that the city has played in helping to get CCNM Point Arena Gateway off and running. Speaking for the BLM, Deputy State Director Tom Pogacnik, acknowledged that not only was this the tenth anniversary for the CCNM, but it was also the tenth anniversary for the NLCS that contains some of the most spectacular landscapes in the West and is made up of more than 850 sites, including the BLM managed national monuments, national conservation areas, wilderness areas, wild and scenic rivers, and national scenic and historic trails. Rich Burns also recognized other attendees, including two NLCS staffers from the BLM’s headquarters office in Washington, D.C., Bonnie Winslow and Courtney Hoover, and the BLM California State Office NLCS coordinator Mark Conley from Sacramento.
In his remarks during the opening ceremony, Burns noted that the event’s date of “01-10-10” (i.e., January 10, 2010) was indicative of a reoccurring theme associated with the day’s event. T That theme is “firsts” and “tens” (i.e., the first of the year-long celebrations for the CCNM and NLCS’ ten year anniversary, as well as the number of “firsts” associated with the CCNM Point Arena Gateway partners), a point that he said would be made even clearer with the next item on the program, the recognition of the CCNM Point Area Gateway partners. During this part of the program, CCNM Manager Rick Hanks explained the importance of partnerships in managing the CCNM and the role that CCNM Gateways play in the Monument’s success. In recognition of their part in contributing to this success, Hanks presented each of BLM’s nine CCNM Point Arena Gateway partners with a CCNM “Rock Star” Award. He identified the unique role that each of the Point Arena partners play in the Gateway initiative and the many “firsts” that these partners represent in the CCNM’s ten year history. These “firsts” were as follows:
In addition to the recognition of the CCNM Point Arena Gateway partners, a signing ceremony was held to add a tenth partner to the CCNM Point Arena Gateway committee. This was accomplished with the signing of a CCNM Collaborative Partnership memorandum of understanding between the BLM and the Point Arena Merchants Association. BLM Deputy State Director Tom Pogacnik signed for BLM and Merita Whatley signed for the Point Arena Merchants Association. The completion of the MOU created another CCNM first, the first local merchants group to become a CCNM partner.
The Arena Theater activities were concluded with the “Rocky Shore Picture Show” event that included a screening of Huell Howser’s “California’s Golden Parks” California Coastal National Monument segment and a mesmerizing wildlife slide show developed by the Stewards of The Sea Ranch Association (TSRA) CCNM Stewardship Task Force. As a CCNM partner, TSRA Stewards were the first non-profit organization to become a formal “CCNM Steward.” The slide show was presented by Bryant Hichwa and consisted of the spectacular photography of Craig Tooley. It not only demonstrated the exceptional work that TSRA Stewards are doing in monitoring and protecting seabirds, pinnipeds, and terrestrial vegetation along their portion of the CCNM, but the slide show did an excellent job in conveying what these resources are and why they are important.
The first afternoon activities included a walking tour of historic downtown Point Arena lead by local historian Steve Olah and a geology and coastal prairie habitat hike on the BLM Stornetta Public Lands co-lead by Mendocino College geology instructor Steve Cardova and BLM biologist Pardee Bardwell. Although the historic downtown tour had a small group, the Stornetta hike had about 40 participants.
The day of activities was concluded with a reception at the Point Arena Lighthouse Museum attended by more than 100 people (That’s a lot, considering the population of the City of Point Arena is less than 500 people). The reception included the opening of the CCNM photo exhibit and the cutting of the CCNM’s birthday cake. The Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers waived admission fees for the day-long celebration and providing interpretive tours of the museum and the 115-foot-tall lighthouse tower. They continued with tours during the two-hour reception. The CCNM photo exhibit, titled “A Spectacular Interplay of Land and Sea” featuring the photography of BLM’s CCNM “resident photographer” Bob Wick and focused on the CCNM Gateways. The Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers also provide a sumptuous spread for the reception and the BLM provided a decedent birthday cake from Franny’s Cup and Sauce, the local Point Arena bakery. The CCNM Manager ended the day-long celebration by lead the group in a chorus of “Happy Birthday” with some local youth blowing out the candles. For additional information and to see photos covering the event, go to the following website address:
“Redwood Coast: Paradise Untamed” Interactive Geotourism MapGuide for California’s North Coast Now LIVE! In mid-January the results of the North Coast Geotourism Project came alive with an initial 200 geotourism opportunities going live on-line at www.visitredwoodcoast.com. This is a “soft launch” with National Geographic Society continuing to work with representatives from the North Coast Geotourism Committee, Humboldt State University, and the BLM to populate the website with as many of the original 1000 nominated features as possible before the big Rollout Event in Scotia, March 11, 2010 (See article on Page 5). The MapGuide website is owned and managed by the North Coast Tourism Council (NCTC). The North Coast Geotourism Committee will continue to act as editors and in an advisory capacity to the web manager and NCTC for the six counties of the North Coast region (i.e., Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Lake, and Sonoma counties, as western Marin County). The purpose of the project is to facilitate the generation of an economic infrastructure that facilitates and supports region-specific sustainable tourism, with the definition, ownership, and oversight accomplished through grassroots direction. The Geotourism MapGuide project developed out of the CCNM Gateway initiative, which builds landscape level relationships with communities in close proximity of the Monument. The interactive website represents three years of effort by CCNM as the project lead, in coordination with state, county, and local governments; numerous Native American tribal communities and organizations; local and regional tourism industry representatives; local and regional business owners and local, regional, and international nonprofit organizations; UC Davis Extension and Humboldt State University; BLM Arcata and Ukiah Field Offices with the support of BLM and the National Landscape Conservation System; the National Park Service and the US Forest Service; the National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations, and a multitude of individuals (See CCNM Updates 12/30/06, p.1; 4/30/07, pp.1&2; 12/31/07, p.2; 4/30/08, p.2; 8/31/08, p.2&3, 4/30/09, p.2, & 8/31/09, p.1).
Save the Date!! “Redwood Coast: Paradise Untamed” Roll-Out Event Set for March 11 at Scotia. On March 11, 2010, the North Coast Tourism Council is hosting a day-long event in the historic timber company town of Scotia in Humboldt County, to formally roll-out the activation of the California North Coast Geotourism MapGuide website. During the afternoon, guests will be treated to a tour of the historic mill and a reception at the impeccably restored Scotia Hotel. The adjacent Scotia Museum, an architectural marvel of neoclassic design built in redwood, will be open for investigation. The evening events at Scotia’s Winema Theater spotlight keynote speaker Mike Fay, Explorer in Residence for National Geographic Society whose 1,800 mile trek through the California coastal redwoods was featured in last October’s National Geographic magazine. Brief presentations by the Save the Redwoods League, the Redwood Forest Foundation, and National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations will frame the audience’s introduction to the Cultural Survey for the proposed Northern California National Heritage Area. In order to optimize on audience interest, the North Coast Tourism Council is offering a sustainable tourism workshop at the Scotia Hotel on March 12, the following day. The workshop Greening Your Business is cosponsored by the California Travel and Tourism Commission. For more information on the rollout event contact Richard Strom at firstname.lastname@example.org and for workshop information, contact Aimee Hanson at email@example.com; Both Richard and Aimee can also be contacted via telephone at Visit Mendocino, Inc. office at (707) 486-1330.
North Coast Geotourism Project Presentation Part of “Partners Outdoors” Conference. The North Coast Geotourism Project was included in the line-up of presentations as part of the annual “Partners Outdoors” annual conference held January 10-12, 2010, at the Cavallo Point Conference Center on historic Fort Baker, a unit of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, in Sausalito, California. The American Recreation Coalition, cosponsored with seven federal agencies, facilitates a gathering of private and public sector community leaders to learn, brainstorm, and make recommendations for national direction on an identified critical need. This year’s theme was “Connecting People and Parks to Keep Both Healthy.” Marcia deChadenedes, CCNM Outreach and Partnership Coordinator and the North Coast Geotourism Project Manager, gave a presentation on the CCNM, geotourism, and the North Coast Geotourism Project on January 11, 2010. The geotourism initiative was lauded as an outstanding means to partner with gateway communities by integrating public lands with other community resources as an economic strategy in resource identification.
CCNM Leads a Monterey Bay Sustainable Tourism Discussion. Simultaneous with the effort of enhancing California Coastal National Monument awareness and the development of gateway community relationships, last June the CCNM connected with representatives of NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation, the National Park Service, and Sarah Graham, Strengthen Environmental Awareness (SEA) Program Director, who has worked hard championing geotourism in the Monterey Bay region for several years. That meeting was the catalyst for CCNM to facilitate a discussion on sustainable tourism in the region among self-identified stakeholders in order to assist in the identification of a desired direction for local action. In October, a community group gathered in Moss Landing to learn of various existing systems presently utilized by communities for similar purposes. The participating entities identified if they wanted to be either on the action team or part of the informed community. In December, another meeting was held with the action team to formulate a vision for the effort. At the time of this posting, the group is identifying a date and time in February for the next gathering to pull together the vision and identify the next steps for the group. The entities participating in this initiative include representatives from the cities of Pacific Grove, Monterey, Salinas, Santa Cruz, and Watsonville.
Orange County Rocks Bill Successfully Passes House & Now in the Senate. On December 10, 2009, Congressman John Campbell (CA-48) announced that on the previous evening he had “successfully passed H.R. 86, which will place numerous offshore rocks and small islands under the authority of the California Coastal National Monument for long-term maintenance and local stewardship.” The legislation will affect approximately 40 rocks located off the coast of Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, and Dana Point. Upon its passage Campbell said, “This legislation is long overdue. Thankfully, these rocks never had to be used for their intended civil defense purpose, but now 74 years later, it is important that they are preserved so that their aesthetic and ecological qualities are maintained. The best way to do this is through the California Coastal National Monument which will enhance and promote local involvement.” Campbell went on to say, “Laguna Beach and Southern Coastal Orange County have some of the most spectacular ocean views and scenic vistas in the world, and my bill will help to preserve that.” The Congressman’s press release stated that “[p]rior to, and during the Second World War, submarines lurking off the coast of Southern California were a frequent worry for many Californians. Intended to be used for the construction of lighthouses and various other civil defense purposes, the rocks were designated to be used by the United States Coast Guard in 1935. [Seventy-four] years after the initial transfer, the rocks have never been used. H.R. 86 will transfer authority over these rocks to the California Coastal National Monument (CCNM) for long-term maintenance and local stewardship.” Both Representative Campbell and BLM Director Robert Abby testified in favor of this legislation before the House Committee on Natural Resources on October 1, 2009, and the legislation passed the House overwhelmingly by a vote of 397 to 4 on December 9, 2009. The United States Coast Guard and the Department of the Interior support the passage of this legislation. The bill now awaits consideration by the United States Senate.
“Woodstock Granny” & Kool World Media Visits the California Coastal National Monument. The California Coastal National Monument had a visit from “Woodstock Granny” with CCNM Manager Rick Hanks accompanying her on an all-day trip along the Santa Cruz-San Mateo coast. On Monday, November 9, 2009, Hanks met Woodstock Granny (a.k.a. Dorothy Holford) and her companion and cameraman Leonard from Kool World Media for a day-long video shoot. Kool World Media is currently a small time operation with a big vision. They put on a weekly “Woodstock Granny” show on Cable 15 in San Jose with an interest in prompting awareness of science, including natural resources, and visiting, interviewing, and filming on site. “Woodstock Granny & Friends” uses the “lady next door" approach as her style and wants to help create awareness of science related things to a diverse audience within the San Jose region and beyond. They shot two 30-minute "shows" using about a half dozen spots along the Santa Cruz-San Mateo Coast, including Seal Rock at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, Shark’s Tooth at Panther Beach near Davenport, Greyhound Rock at the north end of the Santa Cruz coast, and San Mateo County coast sites at Prisoner Rock off Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park and Pescadero Rock off Pescadero State Beach. Although Cable 15 may not have a wide viewing audience (although it's in one of the largest viewing area in California), they market internationally and use YouTube and other similar media opportunities. Although the two half hour shows have already aired on Cable 15 as part of the “Woodstock Granny & Friends” TV show, they can be viewed on the internet as a “Special” at www.woodstockgranny.com/specials.html under “California Coastal National Monument’s Central Coast BLM.”
Redwood Coast Chamber of Commerce a New CCNM Collaborative Partner. In November of 2009, the Redwood Coast Chamber of Commerce President Kevin Gallagher signed a memorandum of understanding with the BLM to bring the chamber in as a CCNM Collaborative Partner. The Redwood Coast Chamber of Commerce will participate in the planning, development, and implementation of the CCNM Point Arena Gateway. This ties in nicely with the purpose of providing a leadership role in coordinating business advocacy and development, disseminating information, sponsoring community events, and promoting tourism by using an effective professional program that benefits both the members and the entire coastal community. The Redwood Coast Chamber of Commerce serves both northern Sonoma County (i.e., Fort Ross, Timber Cove, Ocean Cove, Salt Point, Stewarts Point, Annapolis, and The Sea Ranch) and southern Mendocino County (i.e., Gualala, Anchor Bay, Point Arena, Manchester, and Irish Beach), “covering 50 miles of spectacular coastline along northern California’s Shoreline Highway 1.”
Point Arena Merchants Association Now a Member of CCNM Point Arena Gateway. The Point Arena Merchants Association has become the latest member of CCNM Point Arena Gateway initiative and the most recent CCNM Collaborative Partner. Merchants Association Director Merita Whatley and BLM Deputy State Director Tom Pogacnik signed a memorandum of understanding during a signing ceremony at the Arena Theater during the day-long CCNM Birthday Celebration in Point Arena on Sunday, January 10, 2010 (See article on Page 1). “Partners are a key part of the organization of the California Coastal National Monument,” said BLM Monument Manager Rick Hanks. “Community partners work closely with the BLM and our core partners, California State Parks and the California Department of Fish and Game, to ensure that community interests are represented in efforts to inform the public about the Monument and its role in conserving coastal resources.” Hanks noted that in signing the partnership agreements, CCNM partners agree to adhere to principles geotourism, which are practices that “sustain or enhance the geographical character of the place being visited—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.” The Point Arena Merchants Association consists of a group of local merchants with the objective of increasing visitation and revenue for the Point Arena area. The goal of the Point Arena Merchants Association is to involve more local citizens in promoting the city, its historic buildings and natural sites, extend the tourist season, and take advantage of the full array of unique attractions in and around the City of Point Arena.
CCNM Related Meetings, Conference Calls & Events. In addition to the various meetings, activities, and actions discussed above, the CCNM Manager, other CCNM staff, and the managers and staff of the BLM California State Office and coastal field offices (FOs) also participated in a variety of meetings, conference calls, events and activities, including the following:
Any questions, comments, or requests for additional information? Contact Rick Hanks, CCNM Manager, at 299 Foam Street, Monterey, CA 93940, or telephone (831) 372-6105 or 372-6115, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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California Coastal National Monument:
A partnership in protecting unique California coastal resources
PROTECTION - RESEARCH - EDUCATION - PLANNING
1848 - All of California’s offshore rocks and islands are part of the territory ceded to the United States after war with Mexico and, as such, became federal property.
1930 - President Herbert Hoover signed Executive Order (EO) No. 5326 temporarily withdrawing all unreserved California offshore islands, rocks, and pinnacles from settlement, location, sale, or entry.
1931 - The U.S. Congress "temporarily reserved, pending enactment of appropriate legislation” all rocks, pinnacles, reefs, and island “located in the Pacific Ocean within one mile of the coast of Orange County, California,” in order to set them aside “for park, scenic, or other public purposes.”
1935 - The U.S. Congress amended the 1931 act “to reserve for lighthouse purposes the San Juan and San Mateo Rocks and…[T]wo [R]ocks in the vicinity of Laguna Beach,off the coast of Orange County, California.”
1978 - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) entered into a cooperative agreement granting DFG management authority on the offshore rocks and islands withdrawn by EO 5326.
1983 - Assistant Secretary of the Interior signed Public Land Order (PLO) No. 6369 revoking EO 5326, replacing it with a 50-year lands and minerals withdrawal (except for two rocks at Crescent City known as Pelican and Round Rocks), and establishing the “California Islands Wildlife Sanctuary.”
- BLM signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with DFG to handle the day-to-day management of the California Islands Wildlife Sanctuary, while the BLM retained legal responsibility for the Sanctuary.
1988 - California Fish and Game Commission established the California Offshore Rocks and Islands Ecological Reserve, covering an area from the coastline to one-half mile out.
1990 - BLM designated the California rocks and islands an “Area of Critical Environmental Concern.”
1998 - Congressman Farr introduced HR 3911 to designate “all unreserved and unappropriated ocean islands…., reefs, rocks, and islets lying within three miles off the Pacific coast of the State of California from Oregon to the Mexican border and above the mean high tides….as wilderness” to be part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.
1999 - Congressman Farr reintroduced the wilderness bill as HR 2277.
2000 - January 11: President Clinton established, under the authority of the Antiquities Act of 1906, the California Coastal National Monument (CCNM) at a ceremony at the Grand Canyon, Arizona, by signing Presidential Proclamation No. 7264 to protect “all unappropriated or unreserved lands and interest in the 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.”
- June 5: BLM, DFG, and the California Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks) entered into an MOU to collaborate in the management of the CCNM.
- July 12: National Landscape Conservation System administratively established within BLM by U.S. Department of the Interior.
2001 - BLM work group met in Sacramento and developed a draft vision statement for the CCNM.
2002 - May 2: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)-Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and PRBO Conservation Science sign Letters of Intent to partner and collaborate with BLM related to the CCNM.
- May 11: Formal dedication of the CCNM (with BLM Honor Guard, a Town Crier, Congressman Sam Farr, BLM California Associate State Director Jim Abbott, California State Parks Director Ruth Coleman, California Department of Fish & Game Deputy Director Sonke Mastrup, et al.), held at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California.
- June 15: Mad River Biologists completed the 80-page document titled “California Coastal National Monument Literature Search and Summarization of Key Biological Resources of the Monument - - Seabirds and Marine Mammals.”
- September: CCNM Resource Management Plan (RMP) Scoping Report completed.
- November: Bullet statements regarding “What is the CCNM?” developed for the CCNM poster at the “Partnership in Stewardship” conference held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, California.
2003 - February 3 – PRBO Conservation Sciencebecomes the first CCNM Collaborative Partner with signing of a partnership MOU with BLM.
- March 20 – CCNM Core-Managing Partner DFG Director signed a Cooperating Agency MOU with BLM related to the CCNM RMP and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
- March 16 – Tribal Council Chair of the Trinidad Rancheria (Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria, a federally recognized tribe, signed a Cooperating Agency MOU with BLM related to the CCNM RMP/EIS.
- March 31 - Public Comment Period on the Proposed Planning Criteria and Issues” for the CCNM RMP ended.
- May 5 – U.S. Air Force (USAF) Space Command sent letter to BLM expressing interest in developing a “stewardship” partnership regarding the CCNM and Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB).
- May 22 – CCNM Core-Managing Partner State Parks Acting Director signed a Cooperating Agency MOU with BLM related to the CCNM RMP/EIS.
- October 3 – CCNM Strategy Workshop held at Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, California.
2004 - January: CCNM RMP Management Situation Analysis completed.
- February: A mission statement for the CCNM developed and the CCNM vision statement finalized for inclusion in the Draft CCNM RMP/Draft EIS.
- March: CCNM 36 Sub-Units developed by CCNM Manager for use in planning and management.
- April: First Administrative Draft of Draft CCNM RMP/Draft EIS completed.
- April 21: Assistant Secretary of the Interior (Rebecca Watson) signed Public Land Order (PLO) No. 7601 as a record clearing action revoking PLO No. 6369 (of April 19, 1983) in its entirety (including revoking the establishment of the California Islands Wildlife Sanctuary).
- May 7: Federal Register Notice published regarding PLO No. 7601 revoking PLO No. 6369 published (FR Vol. 69, No. 89).
- June 29: Seven-acre Sea Lion Rock at Point Arena (Mendocino County) became part of the CCNM with BLM’s acquisition of the Stornetta Ranch property.
- July: Second Administrative Draft of Draft CCNM RMP/Draft EIS completed.
- September 17: Draft CCNM RMP/Draft EIS released for 90-day public comment.
2005 - March 28: Administrative Draft of Proposed RMP/Final EIS completed.
- April: CCNM RMP received the Northern Section of the California Chapter of the American Planning Association’s Planning Implementation Award for Large Jurisdictions.
- May 25: Recreational Fishing Alliance became a CCNM Collaborative Partner.
- June 6: Rights of way issued to U.S. Coast Guard for existing aids-to-navigation on Reading Rock (aka Redding Rock) located about 4½ miles offshore of Orick (Humboldt County) and Mooring Rock just outside the mouth of the Albion River (Mendocino County).
- June 10: CCNM Proposed RMP/Final EIS released for a 30-day public protest period.
- September 1: USAF became CCNM’s first “Steward” with the signing of a CCNM stewardship MOU with BLM; MOU also formalized the “cooperating agency” role with USAF regarding the development of the CCNM RMP/EIS.
- September 8: Trinidad Rancheria became CCNM Steward with the signing of a CCNM stewardship MOU with BLM.
- September 8: BLM California State Director signed Record of Decision for the CCNM RMP.
- September 9: Federal Register Notice published announcing the availability of the Approved CCNM RMP.
- October 13: North Coast Journal (Eureka) published first feature article on the CCNM with cover story titled “California Coastal National Monument Celebrates Rocks [Awash] with Life and History.”
2006 - January 17: Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary became CCNM Collaborative Partner with signing of a NOAA memorandum of agreement.
- January 31: Trinidad Museum Society became a CCNM Collaborative Partner with signing of MOU with BLM.
- January 31: The Sea Ranch Association became CCNM Steward with signing of a stewardship partnership MOU with BLM.
- March 16: City of Point Arena became first municipality to be a CCNM Collaborative Partner with signing of MOU with BLM.
- March 23: City of Trinidad became CCNM Collaborative Partner with signing of MOU with BLM.
- April 3: Tsurai Ancestral Society became CCNM Collaborative Partner with signing of MOU with BLM.
- April 11: CCNM RMP received Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) Award for Outstanding Environmental Planning Document for Jurisdiction over 50,000 Population, presented at the AEP Annual Conference, Newport Beach, California.
- April 26: Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers became CCNM Collaborative Partner with signing of MOU with BLM.
- May 15: CCNM Site Characterization Meeting of Scientists held at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, Moss Landing, California.
- June 9: CCNM RMP received the Northern Section of the California Chapter of the American Planning Association’s (APA) Award for “Planning Implementation, Large Jurisdictions” and presented at the APA California Chapter’s annual meeting at Oakland, California.
- June 16: Hearst Corporation donated Piedras Blancas islets (Piedras Blancas 1 & 2, Outer Islet, & De La Cruz) to CCNM at a transfer ceremony held at Piedras Blancas Light Station, San Simeon, California.
- July 7: Yurok Tribe became CCNM Steward with signing of stewardship MOU with BLM.
- August 30 & 31: First CCNM Summit held in Monterey, California.
- October 2: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service became CCNM Collaborative Partner with signing of MOU with BLM.
- October 12: CCNM Trinidad Gateway holds first meeting at Arcata, California.
- October 24: CCNM RMP received the American Planning Association’s California-wide Planning Implementation Award for Large Jurisdictions, presented at APA’s California Chapter annual conference at Anaheim, California.
2007 - January: Ecology and Environment, Inc. completed socio-cultural assessment titled “Trinidad Gateway Community for the California Coastal National Monument.”
- February 22: CCNM Point Arena Gateway held first meeting at Point Arena, California.
- April 3: Humboldt State University Marine Laboratory became CCNM Collaborative Partner with signing of MOU with BLM.
- April 17: BLM State Ecologist met with The Sea Ranch Association CCNM Stewards to work on a strategy for establishing monitoring protocols and implementation.
- April 19: National Geographic Society, BLM, California Travel and Tourism Commission, and State Parks met to begin the development of a California Coast Geotourism Initiative, Sacramento, California.
- May 10: Huell Howser Productions shot CCNM segment for California’s Golden Parks Series (northern Big Sur to Pacific Grove).
- June 26: Pacifica Chamber of Commerce became CCNM Collaborative Partner with signing of MOU with BLM.
- July: GeoCorps Fellow Dr. Charles Shaw completed a 51-page document titled “California Coastal National Monument Geologic Characterization.”
- August 28 & 29: Second CCNM Summit held and focused on enhancing Core-Managing Partnership, Monterey, California.
- September 17: U.S. Coast Guard became CCNM Collaborative Partner with signing of MOU with BLM.
- October 5: U.S. Navy became CCNM Steward with signing of stewardship MOU with BLM at signing ceremony at Naval Base Point Loma, San Diego, California.
2008 - March: Geotourism Approach and Principles developed for CCNM Gateways.
- March 17: Mendocino Coast Audubon Society became CCNM Collaborative Partner with signing of MOU with BLM.
- March 19: The Sea Ranch Association presented with the first CCNM “Rock Star” Award for their exemplary assistance in monitoring seabirds and marine mammals on the rocks and islets adjacent to The Sea Ranch properties, The Sea Ranch Association CCNM Stewardship Task Force celebration luncheon, Sea Ranch, California.
- March 25: BLM and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a joint news release announcing the availability of the report titled “Seabird and Marine Mammal Monitoring and Response to a Fireworks Display at Gualala Point Island, Sonoma County, CA, May to August 2007” and plans for monitoring for Gualala Point Island 2008 Nesting Season.
- April 18: Coastwalk California became CCNM Collaborative Partner with signing of MOU with BLM.
- April 25: Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy became Collaborative Partner with signing of MOU with BLM.
- May 27: Redwood Region Audubon Society became Collaborative Partner with signing of MOU with BLM.
- May 29: BLM and National Geographic Society-Center for Sustainable Destinations held a meeting to announce the beginning of the California Coast Geotourism Initiative and discuss the strategy and timetable for the undertaking, Malibu Creek State Park, Calabasas, California.
- June 16: BLM selected as lead for Torch/Platform Irene Spill Seabird Disturbance Restoration Program for California’s south central coast.
- August 28: North Coast CCNM Gateway partners gathered for concurrent signing of a geotourism principles amendment to the individual partnership MOUs, Trinidad and Point Arena, California.
- October 30: Point Arena Mayor Leslie Dahlhoff recognized as a CCNM “Rock Star” for her work in the formation of the CCNM Point Arena Gateway, Point Arena, California.
- November: North Coast Geotourism Project underway for the six county region (Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Sonoma, Lake, and western Marin).
- November 13: California Coast Geotourism Initiative Steering Committee Working Group met to discuss the initiative and future directions, BLM California State Office, Sacramento, California.
- December 1: Save the Redwood League became a CCNM Steward with signing of a stewardship MOU with BLM.
- December 11: BLM California’s National Landscape Conservation System Coordinator Paul Brink presented with CCNM “Rock Star” Award at his retirement luncheon in Sacramento, California.
2009 - March 6: Mendocino County Historical Society became Collaborative Partner with signing of MOU with BLM.
- March 17: City of Rancho Palos Verdes became Collaborative Partner with signing of MOU with BLM.
- March 26: About two dozen people representing more than a dozen community and governmental agencies met at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center to discuss CCNM Palos Verdes Peninsula Gateway, Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
- March 30: President Obama signed the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009, which among other things put into law the 26-million acre BLM administered National Landscape Conservation System.
- May 11: Moat Creek Managing Agency became Collaborative Partner with signing of MOU with BLM.
- May 14: The Sea Ranch Association CCNM Stewardship Task Force received BLM’s “Making a Difference” National Volunteer Award at a Department of the Interior ceremony in Washington, D.C.
- May 31: Site nomination period for North Coast Geotourism MapGuide site nominations with over 800 nominations received.
- July 15: Humboldt North Coast Land Trust became Collaborative Partner with signing of MOU with BLM.
- July 16: Del Norte County Historical Society became Collaborative Partner with signing of MOU with BLM.
- August 20 & 21: North Coast Geotourism Committee met to set groundwork for completion of web-based interactive Geotourism MapGuide and develop tag-line: “California’s Redwood Coast: Untamed Paradise.”
- November 9: Kool World Media shot CCNM segment for “Woodstock Granny & Friends” Series for San Jose Cable 15 (Santa Cruz-San Mateo Coast).
- November 30: Redwood Coast Chamber of Commerce became Collaborative Partner with signing of MOU with BLM.
- December 10: U.S. Congressional legislation H.R. 86, a bill to place the Orange County offshore rocks in the CCNM by amending the 1931 legislation and repealing the 1935 legislation, passed the House of Representative and was sent to the Senate.
2010 - January 10: CCNM 10th Anniversary Celebration Kick-Off held at Point Arena, California, and Point Arena Merchants Association became Collaborative Partner with signing of MOU with BLM.