U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|California Coastal National Monument|
April 20, 2010
Redwood Coast Geotourism MapGuide Website Roll-Out at Scotia. Leaders in tourism, business and government met in the historic Humboldt County town of Scotia, California, on March 11, 2010, to celebrate the launch of the Redwood Coast (previously the “Northern California Coast” then the “North Coast” and now the “Redwood Coast”) Geotourism MapGuide and website at www.visitredwoodcoast.com. The project resulted from a partnership of Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Geographic's Center for Sustainable Destinations, and the California Travel and Tourism Commission’s North Coast Tourism Council and with important participation from a wide variety of other government agencies, tribes, non-profit organizations, and businesses [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, pp.2-3; 4/30/09, p.2; 8/31/09, p.1; & 1/15/10, pp.4-5].
This was the first, and so far the only, Geotourism MapGuide project to be coordinated by a federal land management agency instead of being contracted out. BLM provided the project manager and underwrote the project, with many other agencies, organizations, and individuals matching it with in-kind support that more at least equaled the hard-dollars. The Redwood Coast Geotourism MapGuide Project is only one of 14 MapGuide projects worldwide. The MapGuide enables visitors to plan trips by pinpointing and learning details about everything from natural attractions to lodging and special events. It encourages sustainable tourism choices for domestic and international visitors.
At the roll-out event, the project was formally turned over to the North Coast Tourism Council, which is now responsible for the management and maintenance of the Redwood Coast Geotourism MapGuide. The North Coast Geotourism Stewardship Committee will continue to serve in an advisory capacity to the North Coast Tourism Council. BLM will continue to have various representatives on the geotourism stewardship committee (i.e., from the California Coastal National Monument, as well as both the Arcata and Ukiah Field Offices).
The roll-out celebration featured a full day and evening of events. Frank Bacik, general counsel for the Town of Scotia and a local historian, kick-off the event by leading a city tour that focused on the history of redwood logging on the North Coast and the development of Scotia as a company town and its adaptation to changing social, environmental and economic times. After the afternoon town tour, the celebration moved indoors to a celebration held at the historic Scotia Inn and Winema Theater, both built completely from redwood. The hotel ballroom, with its huge redwood beams, was an ideal place for a social gathering before walking up the street to the Theater. Rick Hanks, the BLM's California Coastal National Monument manager, was among the speakers, and was credited for his outstanding efforts building the partnership that led to development of the MapGuide.
At the historic theater, Richard Strom, the North Coast Tourism Council’s Director of Geotourism and Special Projects, and a key player in the development of MapGuide, served as master of ceremony. CCNM Manager Rick Hanks was among the speakers and was credited for his outstanding efforts building the partnership that led to development of the MapGuide. National Geographic's "explorer in residence” J. Michael Fay was the keynote speaker. He spoke about his 2007-2008, 1,800 mile trek through the Coast Redwoods in order to call attention to the issues surrounding conservation of the species. The trek resulted in the cover story of the October 2009 edition of the magazine, and was featured in a National Geographic television special. Other speakers included Art Harwood, Executive Director of Redwood Forest Foundation, Elaine Carmichael, a consultant working on a proposal for a North Coast National Heritage Area; Marcia deChadenedes, CCNM Partnership and Outreach Coordinator; and Ruskin Hartley, Executive Director of the Save the Redwoods League.
The Redwood Coast region featured in the MapGuide covers all of Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties, as well as the western portion of Marin County. "This is a showcase of what makes Northern California so critically and beautifully significant," said James Dion, associate director of the Center for Sustainable Destinations. "More than ever, this project underscores the importance of conserving this region's tremendous scenic and historical assets for future generations." [Photos of the Redwood Coast Geotourism MapGuide Website Roll-Out can be found on-line in the BLM California News.bytes at www.blm.gov/ca/news/newsbytes, Issue 424, 3/18/10, within the article “North Coast community leaders celebrate Redwood Coast Geotourism launch”]
California Appeals Court Upheld Coastal Commission Decision on Gualala Fireworks. In the Gualala Festivals Committee v. California Coastal Commission case regarding the 2007 fireworks display, the California Court of Appeal upheld the lower court’s decision that the California Coastal Commission acted within its jurisdiction to require a coastal development permit for the firework display. In a 3 to 0 ruling on March 25, 2010, the First Appellate Court in San Francisco stated in their ruling that, “Although such a display may not be a ‘development’ in the ordinary sense of the word, the Commission’s interpretation conforms both with the expansive statutory definition of the term and the purpose of the statute.” The Appellate Court added that the “report prepared by the Bureau of Land Management…amply supports the finding that the 2007 fireworks display had adverse impacts on nesting seabirds.” According to an April 4, 2010 article in the Independent Coast Observer, it is very likely that the Pacific Legal Foundation, representing the Gualala Festival Committee, will challenge the Appellate Court ruling.
Torch Spill South Central Coast Seabird Protection Project Finally Underway. On February 24, 2010, Acting BLM California State Director Jim Abbott and U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) Pacific Southwest Regional Director Ren Lohoefener signed the agreement that formally designated BLM as the lead agency for the $1.2 million, five-year “Seabird Protection Network South Central California Coast Chapter” (SPN-SCCC) Project, as selected for implementation by the Torch/Platform Irene Trustee Council [See CCNM Update 8/31/08, pp.4-5]. The BLM and the Trustee Council spent more than 18 months developing a Scope of Work for the project. At the direction of the Torch Platform/Irene Trustee Council, $379,022 was transferred to the BLM on April 15, 2010, to implement the year one SPN–SCCC Project. One of the goals of the project is to expand the successful Seabird Protection Network established by the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (as part of the Command Oil Spill restoration) by creating the South Central California Coast Chapter. Eric Morgan, BLM’s Fort Ord Manager, has taken over as the project leader of this interagency project. The project strives to reduce human disturbances to seabirds along the coast between Point Sur in southern Monterey County to the Northern Channel Islands. One of the first tasks of this project will be for the USFWS to conduct aerial photographic surveys of seabird colonies along the coast in early spring, followed by analyzing 10 years of historical over-flight data to delineate target colonies in need of protection.
CCNM Manager Represented BLM California at Interior Department’s Ocean, Great Lakes & Coastal 2010 Workshop. More than 90 officials from throughout the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) gathered in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, to discuss and develop action items for DOI’s “Ocean, Great Lakes and Coastal” related programs. Held January 20-22, 2010, at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s state-of-the-art National Conservation Training Center, the workshop was part of an initiative within the DOI to work collaboratively among its bureaus in a concerted effort to develop policies and coordinate intra-bureau efforts. The workshop was a DOI follow-up to the 2004 U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy’s recommendations, an Executive Order that directed the Federal Agencies to coordinate on “ocean-related matters in an integrated and effective manner,” and two DOI Ocean and Coastal Retreats (one in 2006 and one in 2008) where DOI and bureau executives clarified DOI’s ocean and coastal responsibilities and developed a framework for addressing DOI’s collective priorities.
The January 2010 workshop involved reviewing DOI’s Ocean and Coastal Activities Implementation Plan (“From Continental Divide to Continental Shelf, FY 2009-2011”) and developing work items that to guide DOI’s efforts in moving ocean, Great Lakes and coastal issues forward. DOI Deputy Secretary David Hayes re-enforced this goal by stating that DOI needs to develop a “new model” for cross-bureau coordination and cooperation as a vehicle to get more visibility for DOI related programs for the management of ocean, Great Lakes and coastal resources. He stressed that DOI has a special trust to conserve and protect America’s resources, including a major responsible for the stewardship of our Nation’s coastal and ocean resources. Associate Deputy Secretary Laura Davis pointed out that DOI’s ocean programs are intertwined with the Secretary’s three priorities of treasured landscapes, youth initiatives, and the “Great Outdoors” and that implementing the ocean policy, including the Great Lakes, is also a priority with President Obama. She added that DOI is asking for measureable outcomes from each of the bureaus. This includes the Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Geological Survey, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Minerals Management Service, and BLM, all of which were represented at the workshop
There was a strong emphasis on using the existing “Land Conservation Cooperatives” (LCCs) since Secretary of the Interior Salazar was soon to announce that eight LCCs were now active. There was, however, a point made that these large interagency LCCs may meet the science need (i.e., primarily wildlife), but they do not meet the management need. In addition, the LCCs might be designed to meet DOI’s needs, but they are intended to be partnerships and may not currently meet the needs of other governmental agencies, universities, and non-governmental organizations. Working on a collaborative data sharing initiative within DOI was seen as a logical first step with the possibility of starting with showcasing areas such as the Chesapeake Bay and the Great Lakes regions where existing efforts could be used and highlighted. Deputy Secretary Hayes feels that there is a special need to collaborate on data and information, as well as the need to figure out both the data and the science. He added that DOI “has the dedication and the ability” to do it.
Sea Ranch Stewards Gearing Up for 4th Year of Seabird Monitoring. The Sea Ranch Association (TSRA) CCNM Stewardship Task Force is beginning their fourth season of monitoring nesting seabirds on Gualala Point Island located off the northwestern portion of The Sea Ranch properties. Gualala Point Island is part of the CCNM. “At the beginning of April, the Task Force members involved with nesting seabird surveys and other coastal monitors began their weekly surveys of three CCNM island ecosystems from four locations onshore,” reported Rich Kuhn, Task Force Co-Chair. Rich explained that the “weekly monitoring is done for a minimum of an hour beginning one hour after sunrise,” Rich explained, and that, “This will continue through the end of August, augmented by 20 days of intensive monitoring three times a day from June 25th through July 14th.” He added that the Task Force’s “aerial photographic surveys of the same islands and nearby Fish Rocks will begin near the end of April per U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Task Force protocols.” CCNM Manager Rick Hanks stated that, “The intensive monitoring is part of a five year initiative attempt to gain some current baseline data for the top-nesting seabirds on Gualala Point Island.” Also, according to Hanks, “Jim Weigand, BLM California State Office ecologist and CCNM Seabird Protection Network coordinator, will be on-site at The Sea Ranch during the 20-day intensive monitoring period.”
In other news from The Sea Ranch, the Task Force is continuing to conduct their Quarterly Coastal Island Surveys, the most recent being in February, when the entire 10 mile length of TSRA stewardship area (i.e., portion of the coast adjacent to The Sea Ranch properties) was surveyed from shore. In March, TSRA CCNM Stewardship Task Force published a new brochure, titled “Reading Our Seascape.” According to Rich Kuhn, the brochure is intended “to add enjoyment and information to people walking a portion of the bluff top trail at The Sea Ranch and interested in of learning more about the ocean and features just offshore.” Two boxes with the four-page, printed brochure were installed along the bluff top trail, one near Galleon's Arch Rock and one off Gualala Point Island, the offshore CCNM rocks and islands monitored by the Task Force. In addition, Diane Hichwa, the other Task Force Co-Chair, worked with her husband Bryant and Task Force photographer Craig Tooley, to produce a DVD with narration of the Craig’s photos that were shown as part of the CCNM 10th anniversary celebration activity at the Arena Theater on January 10, 2010, in Point Arena, California. A copy of the DVD was provided to the Arena Theater Association for future showing, to the California State Parks Mendocino District for use in employee orientation to the CCNM, and to the CCNM for use by the BLM.
CCNM Outreach & Partnership Coordinator Tapped to Represent BLM Interests in Variety of Activities. During the past six months the CCNM Outreach and Partnership Coordinator Marcia deChadenedes has been recruited to participate in a more expansive way to represent BLM interests in achieving landscape level management through networked stewardship. First, Marcia is a member of the BLM’s National Collaboration and Partnership Strategy Team, formed in late Fall of 2009. As a follow-up to a special invitation to the CCNM, she presented on geotourism as an innovative means of extending access to public lands to the Partners Outdoors 2010 Annual Conference held in Sausalito, California, in January 2010. As a BLM representative in the year-long Managing by Network course, she supported the cultural survey for the Redwood National Heritage Area proposal through the north coast geotourism data collection. Marcia has been tapped to assist with partnerships and capacity building for both the Piedras Blanca Light Station Outstanding Natural Area and the Anza Trail Foundation. In February, Marcia used a scholarship that she received to attend the Consensus Institute Conflict Module training held at the BLM National Training Center. She has also been recruited as a subject-matter expert on the team that is developing the foundations for a BLM partnerships course and she helped to organize and participated in the team’s fundamentals meeting held on the Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s Marin Headlands in March 2010. In addition, Marcia has been spending about a quarter of her time in Federal Fiscal Year 2010 assisting with BLM California’s planning for and implementation of the various events and activities associated with the National Landscape Conservation System 10th anniversary events and activities.
CCNM Celebrates 10th Anniversary at “Whale of a Day!” It was a “Whale of a Day” for the California Coastal National Monument at the 26th annual “Whale of a Day!” celebration held at the City of Rancho Palos Verdes’ Point Vicente Visitor Center on Saturday, March 6, 2010. The California Coastal National Monument participated in the day-long event as part of the year-long celebration of the CCNM and National Landscape Conservation System’s 10th Anniversaries. Although the weather forecast called for rain all day, it held off until the end of the event, allowing the 2,600 attendees to enjoy a “Whale of a Day!" Co-sponsored by the City of Rancho Palos Verdes (a CCNM Collaborative Partner) and the docents of Los Serenos de Point Vicente, Whale of a Day is an annual festival celebrating the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale from the winter breeding and calving grounds in Baja California to its summer feeding grounds in the Bering and Chuchki Seas in Alaska.
With a wide variety of outside booths and activities, the CCNM was given a booth in a prime location outside of the entrance to the Point Vicente Interpretive Center. The CCNM booth consisted of two main activities- -“Tidepool Measuring” and “Make-a-Book” with CCNM rocks and islands related animal and plant life rubber stamps. In addition, the CCNM Gateways photo exhibit was hung in the interpretive center’s multi-purpose Sunset Room where the event attendees were provided the opportunity to enjoy a food concession or just rest using the numerous chairs and tables. CCNM and National Landscape Conservation Area (NLCS) brochures were also given out and information regarding the CCNM, NLCS, and BLM was discussed with a large number of booth visitors. The CCNM representatives at the booth were CCNM Manager Rick Hanks and his wife Julie Hanks, a BLM volunteer, and the BLM California District Public Affairs Officer David Briery and CCNM Southern California Coordinator Greg Thomsen. The CCNM representatives were assisted by four of Torrance’s West High School students who were gaining extra credit for their volunteer work.
Other Whale of a Day activities included face painting, children's crafts, chalk drawing, storytelling, and small children's games, plus exhibits, crafts and food vendors, a raffle drawing, the singing of sea shanties, and the San Pedro High School Marching Band. Some of the participants included the Aquarium of the Pacific with its Aquarium on Wheels, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, George F Canyon Nature Center, California Native Plant Society, Save the Manatee, American Cetacean Society, Whale Watch, Marine Mammal Care Center, U.S. Coast Guard (also a CCNM Collaborative Partner), and Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy (another CCNM Collaborative Partner). Tours of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Point Vicente Lighthouse, adjoining the grounds of the Point Vicente Interpretive Center, were given on a first come, first served basis. The City of Rancho Palos Verdes and the Point Vicente Interpretive Center are within the CCNM Palos Verdes Peninsula Gateway area. The interpretive center, which has a CCNM wall display and an inside CCNM Gateway kiosk, serves as the gateway’s visitor contact station. [Photos of the activities at the BLM booth can be found on-line in the BLM California News.bytes at www.blm.gov/ca/news/newsbytes, Issue 424, 3/18/10, with the article “CCNM celebrates 10th Anniversary at “Whale of a Day!”]
Earth Day Event Visitors to Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Discover California Coastal National Monument. The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium was the site of a well-celebrated Earth Day event where people of all ages had the opportunity to learn more about the offshore rocks and islands comprising California Coastal National Monument. The event was held on Saturday, April 17, 2010, at San Pedro, on the south side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and within the CCNM Palos Verdes Peninsula Gateway area. The event started early with a coastal clean-up at Point Fermin Park and Cabrillo beaches. The rest of the morning and afternoon was spent with workshops and activities where families could learn about coastal resources. The California Coastal National Monument had a booth staffed by the BLM’s Southern California national monuments interpretive specialist Tracy Albrecht and Palm Springs/South Coast Field Office public contact representative Donna Chirello who introduced many of the Earth Day participants to the national monument and the portion of it seen off the coast of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The CCNM booth featured a “Tidepool Measuring” activity for kids and highlighted the 10th anniversary of both the CCNM and the National Landscape Conservation System with the southern California premier showing of the NLCS poster featuring the CCNM. Posters, pins, bandanas, and brochures where given out at the booth. [Photos of the activity at the BLM booth can be found on-line in the BLM California News.bytes at www.blm.gov/ca/news/newsbytes, Issue 428, 4/22/10, within the article “Earth Day Aquarium visitors discover California Coastal National Monument”]
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:
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