U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|California Coastal National Monument|
August 31, 2009
North Coast Geotourism Committee Sets Groundwork for Completion of Web-Based Interactive Geotourism MapGuide & Develops Slogan. California’s North Coast Geotourism Committee held its major meeting associated with the development of the regional web-based interactive Geotourism MapGuide. Assembling in Mendocino, California, on August 20 and 21, 2009, 30 representatives from the six counties of the North Coast region (i.e., Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Lake, and Sonoma counties, as well as western Marin County) reviewed the more than 900 site nominations gathered and submitted during the initial phase of the North Coast Geotourism Project (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). The National Geographic Society will feature 200 destination pages (i.e., site nominations) for the launch of the on-line, interactive North Coast Geotourism MapGuide website scheduled for the end of November 2009. The committee decided that, if at all possible, the balance of the eligible nominations would be ready for launch at the same time. During the two-day meeting, the geotourism committee also accomplished the following key actions: (1) Developed the “geotouristic guidelines” to be used when reviewing site nominations; (2) Assigned a sub-committee to draft a strategic plan that would describe the future role of the committee and ensure that the MapGuide continues to be dynamic and viable; (3) Voted to have a Geotourism Charter; (4) Identified county representative for each of the six counties to serve as initial contacts for reviewing site nominations and coordinating actions for their respective counties; (5) Appointed a person to oversee the MapGuide launch publicity; (6) Arranged to have Humboldt State University students continue to be involved in the project and help with the management of future site nominations and website features; and (7) Created four “themes” for the project, as well as a region slogan. The themes are “Outstanding Natural Beauty,” “Outdoor Recreation,” “Cultural Heritage,” and “Food and Drink and the People Who Make It.” After a long discussion and consideration of a number of possibilities, the entire committee settled on a slogan or tag-line that they felt best represents the region - - “California’s Redwood Coast: Paradise Untamed.”
Moat Creek Managing Agency Joins CCNM Point Arena Gateway Initiative. In May of 2009, the Moat Creek Managing Agency President Bryan Thurmond signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) setting the agency up as a collaborative partner in the planning, development, implementation, and management of the California Coastal National Monument (CCNM) Gateway for the Point Arena area. The Moat Creek Managing Agency is an independent, volunteer-run nonprofit organization whose primary purpose is to restore and preserve the Moat Creek Watershed as a model for scientific and educational studies of similar watersheds and to promote and manage public access ways to coastal areas and other sites. The Moat Creek Managing Agency has managed the Moat Creek and Ross Creek coastal access way sites for approximately twenty years. In addition, the Moat Creek Managing Agency has successfully implemented projects with other grants from the California State Coastal Conservancy to construct the trails and access at Moat Creek and conducted the Moat Creek to Point Arena Trail Feasibility Study for the purpose of exploring the potential for creating a link of the California Coastal Trail from Moat Creek to Arena Cove. Leslie Dahlhoff, who recently “retired” after serving for 10 years as the Mayor of Point Arena, will serve as the Moat Creek Managing Agency’s CCNM representative.
Del Norte County Historical Society Now a CCNM Collaborative Partner. With the signing of a MOU by the Del Norte County Historical Society President Loren Bommelyn in May of 2009 and by BLM California Acting State Director Jim Abbott in July of 2009, the Del Norte County Historical Society became the second historical society to formally partner with the CCNM. The Del Norte County Historical Society is an independent, private, non-profit organization dedicated to public service and educational pursuits. The mission of the Del Norte County Historical Society is to discover, collect, preserve, and present the documents, structures, artifacts, and ideas pertaining to Del Norte County and provide suitable museums or homes for such items in order to maintain them as public educational resources. The Del Norte County Historical Society is staffed by volunteers and supported by the general membership through annual dues, contributions, and special events. The historical society will serve as a collaborative partner along the Del Norte County coast portion of the CCNM and work with BLM and other CCNM partners to assist with the planning, development, implementation, and management of the CCNM Gateway initiative for the Crescent City area. It will also work with the CCNM and various partners on the education, research, and interpretation of the historic component of the CCNM as it relates to the Del Norte County coast. PJ Estlund, the Del Norte County Historical Society Museum Coordinator, will serve as the Society’s CCNM representative.
BLM/California Coastal National Monument Booth at Trinidad Fish Day. Fish and fun was the order of the day at the annual Trinidad Fish Day held on June 21, 2009, throughout the town of Trinidad, California. The Bureau of Land Management hosted a booth next to the town’s Memorial Lighthouse, a location that provides an excellent view of the Trinidad Harbor and a large number of rocks that are part of the California Coastal National Monument. BLM Arcata Field Office’s Public Contact Specialist Lynn Wright and Outdoor Recreation Planner Bruce Cann handed out CCNM and Trinidad Gateway brochures and provided Fish Day visitors with information about the CCNM and other public lands. They also set up a spotting scope so that visitors could view seabirds and marine mammals on the CCNM Rocks.
California Coastal National Monument Participates in 4th Coastal Discovery Fair at San Simeon. For the fourth year in a row, BLM’s California Coastal National Monument had a booth at the Coastal Discovery Fair. The fair was held on a sunny Saturday on July 18, 2009, at the William Randolph Hearst Memorial State Beach, across Highway 1 from the entrance to Hearst Castle at San Simeon, California. Over a dozen agencies and organizations participated in this day-long event, and each had an activity for kids. At the BLM booth, more than 100 kids colored, cut and assembled pelican headbands while their parents, or grandparents, discussed the California Coastal National Monument with Monument Manager Rick Hanks and Palm Springs/South Coast Monuments Interpretive Specialist Tracy Albrecht. The fair is the annual celebration for the Coastal Discovery Center that is managed by the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in cooperation with California State Parks, both of whom are California Coastal National Monument partners. The Coastal Discovery Center serves as the Monument’s visitor contact station for its Piedras Blancas-San Simeon Gateway initiative.
CCNM at Cabrillo National Monument’s “Celebration of San Diego Parks, Natural Areas & Open Space” & Kick-Off for Ken Burns’ New Series on National Parks. The California Coastal National Monument participated as an exhibitor at an all day "Celebration of San Diego Parks, Natural Areas and Open Space." The celebration was held on the National Park Service's Founder's Day on Tuesday, August 25, 2009, at Cabrillo National Monument, located on the end of Point Loma in San Diego, California. The event also served as a kick-off for the new Ken Burns film series, The National Parks: America's Best Idea. This six-part 12-hour documentary directed by Burns and written and co-produced by Dayton Duncan will premiere on PBS stations nationwide on Sunday, September 27, 2009, and run for six consecutive nights. While a 30-minute introduction to the film series played every hour in the park’s auditorium, more than 30 exhibitors, representing parks, natural areas, and open-space organizations at the Federal, State, tribal, regional, local, and non-profit levels, set-up outside for the hundreds of visitors that the park receives daily. Late morning winds, however, drove most of the exhibitors into the limited protection of the park’s covered breezeway. At the CCNM booth, Monument Manager Rick Hanks and Palm Springs/South Coast Monuments Interpretive Specialist Tracy Albrecht handed out CCNM and National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) brochures and CCNM pencils and posters, discussed the CCNM and NLCS, and provided the opportunity for kids to make pelican headbands or borrow binoculars.
BLM Provides Trinidad Museum Society $25,000 in Cooperative Funds to Support New Museum. The Bureau of Land Management’s Arcata Field Office has entered into an agreement with the Trinidad Museum Society to assist with the development of a display related to the California Coastal National Monument and is providing $25,000 in cooperative funding for this project. The display will be part of the new Trinidad Museum located near the intersection of Main Street and Patrick’s Point Drive at the Trinidad Exit of Highway 101. BLM and the Trinidad Museum Society have held some initial meetings to discuss the specific use of the funds. The two parties also discussed using part of the funds for support and training of a docent corps to host guided hikes associated with the CCNM and other Trinidad area features and themes. This would be done in conjunction the Humboldt State University Marine Laboratory. As a follow-up, BLM met with a representative from the Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) about developing a "Coastal Master Naturalist" Program for the CCNM Trinidad Gateway initiative and using National Science Foundation grant funding to assist with this project. Both the Trinidad Museum Society and the Humboldt State University Marine Laboratory are CCNM collaborative partners and are members of the CCNM Trinidad Gateway Committee.
CCNM Obtained BLM “Take It Outside” Grants for Two Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Youth Programs. Recognizing similar outreach goals between the California Coastal National Monument and NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, CCNM Outreach and Partnership Coordinator Marcia deChadenedes was able to obtain two small BLM "Take It Outside" grants to assist a couple of the Sanctuary’s youth related programs. CCNM was granted $5,000 to contribute to the Coastal Discovery Center and $5,000 for the MERITO programs. The Coastal Discovery Center grant will develop, pilot and evaluate a series of four themed, shoreline based “Field Experience Packs” for school and family use. Twenty packs will be developed in the first year with the goal of serving schools, local families and visitors to the Coastal Discovery Center. The Coastal Discovery Center is located on the William Randolph Hearst Memorial State Beach, across Highway 1 from the entrance to Hearst Castle at San Simeon in northern San Luis Obispo County. The Coastal Discovery Center serves as a CCNM visitor contact station associated with the CCNM Piedras Blancas-San Simeon Gateway initiative. MERITO is the Sanctuary’s “Multicultural Education for Resource Issues Threatening Oceans” (MERITO) bilingual program that provides watershed and marine expertise for underserved students in the Monterey Bay area. The grant will fund an undergraduate from the Monterey Institute of International Studies intern program to help expand the service capabilities of the MERITO Watershed Academy After-School Program. Focusing on fifth to eighth grade students, the objective of the 20-40 week Academy is to increase students’ understanding of and positive behaviors and attitude toward watershed and ocean issues through hands-on field and in-class experiences while exposing them to careers in science and building pride and stewardship toward their local environment. This grant will allow the Academy to conduct a one year pilot to test the use of a field intern to aid teachers in their field experiences, greatly enhancing the experience, the teachers’ comfort in the field and their willingness to “take the students outside.” Work conducted under these grants is part of the collaborative partnership between the California Coastal National Monument and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the CCNM’s first governmental collaborative partner.
BLM “Take It Outside” Grant to Develop Interpretive Kayak Tours in CCNM Trinidad Gateway Area. David Johnson, BLM Arcata Field Office Archaeologist, obtained a BLM "Take It Outside" grant to work with the Trinidad Rancheria and Humboldt Baykeepers to guide small groups on interpretive kayak tours around the CCNM Trinidad Gateway area and Humboldt Bay. With part of the grant funding, BLM has purchased four kayaks to use for the tours. The Trinidad Rancheria is in partnership with the CCNM as a “Steward” to, among other things, work with the BLM to develop interpretive and environmental education opportunities associated with CCNM’s cultural and ecological resources.
CCNM Related Meetings, Conference Calls & Events. In addition to the various meetings, activities, and actions discussed above, the CCNM Manager, other CCNM staff, and BLM California coastal field offices (FOs) staff also participated in a variety of meetings, conference calls, events and activities, including the following:
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