California Coastal National Monument


August 31, 2007

“CCNM Summit” Enhances Core-Managing PartnershipThe recently completed two-day California Coastal National Monument (CCNM) Summit helped to enhance the CCNM’s Core-Managing Partnership between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), and California State Parks (State Parks). The main purpose of the summit was to provide the opportunity for the managers, key staffers, and partners associated with the CCNM to meet and review the current implementation status of the monument and provide insight and input related to the successful implementation of this unique monument. The senior representatives for the core-managing partners were BLM California State Director Mike Pool and Associate State Director Jim Abbott, State Parks’ Chief Deputy Director Paul Romero, and DFG’s Deputy Director Sonke Mastrup. Approximately 20 other BLM managers and staffers attended the summit, including Tony Danna, Deputy State Director-Natural Resources; CCNM Manager Rick Hanks; and all five of the BLM California Coastal Field Office Managers. State Parks’ Northern Division Chief Lynn Rhodes, State Parks’ new Planning Division Chief Dan Ray, and DFG’s new CCNM Coordinator Becky Ota were also in attendance.
Following a welcome reception and dinner sponsored by the California State Parks in the Memory Garden of the historic Pacific House adobe on the Monterey State Historic Park on the evening of August 27, 2007, the CCNM Summit was held on August 28 and 29, 2007 in Monterey, California at the conference room of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Center for the Future of the Oceans. The first part of the morning, focused on introductions and opening comments, was concluded with the “premier showing” of the recently filmed 30-minute CCNM segment for the “California’s Golden Parks” series (See article below). After an overview of CCNM-wide accomplishments and the five BLM field office reports, Angela West, BLM’s Tourism and Community Services National Program Lead, provided a presentation on tourism and an update of the developing California coast geotourism initiative with the National Geographic Society.
A summary of the updates of CCNM accomplishments and activities over the past year is provided as follows:
CCNM-Wide (Rick Hanks, CCNM Manager)
  • CCNM Resource Management Plan received three awards, including the California Association of Environmental Professionals’ award for the best planning document for population of 50,000 or greater and the California Chapter of the American Planning Association’s Planning Implementation Award for a large jurisdiction.

  • Initiated the implementation of the five initial CCNM Gateways, one in each of the five BLM California coastal field offices (i.e., Trinidad in the Arcata Field Office, Point Arena in the Ukiah Field Office, Pigeon Point in the Hollister Field Office, Piedras Blancas-San Simeon in the Bakersfield Field Office, and Palos Verdes Peninsula in the Palm Springs/South Coast Field Office).

  • Completed initial CCNM-wide Site Characterization for both invasive plant species (Dr. James Weigand, BLM California State Office ecologist) and geology (Dr. Charles Shaw, GeoCorps Fellow) (See article below) by conducting literature searches and limited field reconnaissance, and a pilot socio-cultural assessment for CCNM Gateway Community at Trinidad through a contract with the consulting firm of Ecology and Environment, Inc.

  • Developed a CCNM-wide Collaborative Partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • Initiated the development of the CCNM business plan, drafted a CCNM Integrated Communication Plan (covering outreach, public affairs, interpretation and environmental education), and prepared a working draft of a proposal for the National Geographic Society and the California coast geotourism region initiative.
  • Developed a CCNM training packet for use in providing an overview of the CCNM, consisting of the following four modules: Module 1–A Rocky Vision: Background, Mission/Goals, and Purpose of the CCNM; Module 2–Rocks, Ecosystems, Partners, and Gateways: Major Aspects & Focus of the CCNM; Module 3–A Rocky Start: Implementation Priorities for the CCNM; and Module 4–Learning the ABCs: Abiotic, Biotic, and Cultural Values of the CCNM.

  • Presented CCNM papers at two major conferences - - Hanks presented a paper titled Rocks, Ecosystems, Partners, and Gateways: The Components for the Implementation of the California Coastal National Monument within California’s Eleventh Bioregion at a session of the California and the World Ocean 2006 Conference in Long Beach in September 2006 and Weigand presented a paper titled Rare Bird Colonies and Invasive Plants on CCNM Islets (by Weigand; Juliann Delgado, CCNM staff; & Jennifer Wheeler, Arcata FO) for a special symposium at the Western Section of the Wildlife Society Annual Meeting in Monterey in January 2007.
  • Developed a CCNM poster and postcard series for the five CCNM initial Gateways using photographs taken specifically for the CCNM by Bob Wick (CCNM Northern California coordinator) and assistance from the BLM National Training Center’s Diane Nelson and BLM Alaska State Office’s Kim Mincer to develop a standard template for CCNM posters and ensure quality lay-out, set-up, and printing (The posters series includes the Trinidad, Point Arena, Pigeon Point, Piedras Blancas/San Simeon, and Palos Verdes Peninsula gateways).
 Arcata Field Office (Lynda Roush, Field Manager, & Bob Wick, CCNM Northern California Coordinator)
  • Initiated the CCNM Trinidad Gateway stewardship group, the first complete CCNM Gateway program with formal CCNM Collaborative Partnerships (i.e., Trinidad Museum Society, City of Trinidad, Tsurai Ancestral Society, and Humboldt State University Marine Laboratory) and CCNM Stewards (i.e., Trinidad Rancheria and the Yurok Tribe), as well as the three CCNM Core-Managing Partners, and conducted quarterly meetings with various working group meetings as appropriate.

  • Developed, through the CCNM Trinidad Gateway stewardship group, a color glossy multi-fold brochure titled “Explore the Trinidad Coast” (serving as the “high-end model” for other CCNM Gateways) (See article below), a CCNM placemat for the Trinidad Rancheria’s restaurant at the Trinidad pier, and a boat ramp kiosk geared towards small boats and kayaks and focusing on seabird and pinniped disturbance avoidance.

  • Began discussions with the Redwoods National and State Parks regarding the development of the CCNM Crescent City Gateway as a joint initiative.

  • Setting up to initiate the CCNM Lost Coast-Shelter Cove Gateway initiative.

  • Discussions held with DFG’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response regarding oil spill restoration funding related to seabird protection projects and public outreach initiatives associated with the Redding Rock, Trinidad area, and other northern California coastal locations.
 Ukiah Field Office (Rich Burns, Field Manager)
  • Initiated the CCNM Point Arena Gateway stewardship group with the three CCNM Core-Managing Partners and CCNM Collaborative Partnerships with the City of Point Arena and the Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers, and will conduct monthly meetings to deal with specific tasks and issues.

  • CCNM Point Arena Gateway kiosk/interpretative working group developed indoor kiosk panel design for Point Arena and placed indoor kiosk at Point Arena Light Station.

  • BLM-CCNM served as the lead agency related to addressing the controversial Gualala Festivals Committee’s Independence Day fireworks celebration issue, with specific focus on monitoring the disturbance on seabirds and pinnipeds using the CCNM rocks and islands.

  • Developed (through BLM California State Office ecologist Jim Weigand and wildlife biologist Paul Roush) a collaborative working effort with the Sea Ranch CCNM Task Force (CCNM Stewards) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (CCNM Collaborative Partner) and prepared and carried out a seabird monitoring protocol for Gualala Point Island and southern Mendocino County, as well as adapted and used the National Park Service’s harbor seal monitoring protocol for the Gualala Point Island area. These monitoring protocols where applied during a 12-day period (6 days before the fireworks event and 6 days after the event), with the BLM California State Office biologists providing training, oversight, and assistance with the monitoring, database management, cost accounting, statistical analysis, and preparation of the final reports.

  • Developed a long-term seabird monitoring protocol (through Weigand) that is applicable throughout the CCNM and will be conducted by CCNM’s Sea Ranch Association Stewards on a monthly basis throughout the year, and weekly during the seabird nesting period at locations associated with the Sea Ranch Association’s CCNM Stewardship area.

  • BLM Ukiah Field Office became a member of the Redwood Coast Chamber of Commerce.

  • A grassroots proposal has surfaced to introduce legislation in Congress to add the Stornetta Public Lands, a key link to the CCNM Point Arena Gateway initiative, to the National Landscape Conservation System.
 Hollister Field Office (Rick Cooper, Field Manager)
  • Began the initiation of the CCNM Pigeon Point Gateway for outreach and interpretation along the San Mateo-Santa Cruz coast.

  • Installed a CCNM indoor panel at the Pacifica Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center at Rockaway Beach and began the development of a CCNM Collaborative Partnership MOU with the Pacifica Chamber of Commerce as a partner in the CCNM Pigeon Point Gateway initiative.

  • Developing wording for an outdoor CCNM interpretive panel to be used at Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park and as "boilerplate" text and model for use at other CCNM Gateway locations.

  • Preparing first draft of CCNM-wide supplementary rules for review and publication in the Federal Register.
 Bakersfield Field Office (Tim Smith, Field Manager)
  • Jim Boucher took over as park manager for the Piedras Blancas Light Station and CCNM coordinator for the Bakersfield Field Office when John Bogacki retired.

  • Conducted limited public and private tours of the Piedras Blancas Light Station for approximately 2,500 visitors through a combined partnership with the BLM, National Geographic Hearst Castle Theater, California State Parks, and local volunteers.

  • Completed the implementation plan for the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse restoration and prepared the draft management plan for the Piedras Blancas Light Station site.

  • Completed first full year of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s Coastal Discovery Center at the W. R. Hearst Memorial State Beach serving, as part of the Piedras Blancas-San Simeon Gateway initiative, as the first CCNM Gateway visitor contact station.  CCNM participated with a booth and activity for the public at the first anniversary celebration ocean fair.

  • Legislation is pending to establish the Piedras Blancas Light Station Outstanding Natural Area and place it in the National Landscape Conservation System.

  • Developed various interpretive displays and exhibits for the Piedras Blancas light tower and fog signal building, including ship-wrecked artifacts from two vessels that sunk immediately off of Point Piedras Blancas.

  • Helped design and constructed CCNM indoor gateway kiosk frames for use in venues associated with each of the initial five CCNM Gateways. 
California Desert District & Palm Springs/South Coast Field Office (Steve Borchard, District Manager; John Kalish, Field Manager; & Greg Thomsen, CCNM Southern California Coordinator)
  • Developed a tri-fold brochure titled “Six Places to See California Coastal National Monument on the Palos Verdes Peninsula” which is available for use as a model for other CCNM Gateway initiatives interested in producing a simple, inexpensive brochure (See article below). 

  • Top priority is establishing the CCNM Gateway initiative for Palos Verdes Peninsula, starting with the City of Rancho Palos Verdes (RPV) as the initial anchor.

  • Working with RPV City Planner Joel Rojas and Palos Verdes Peninsula (PVP) Land Conservancy Executive Director Barbara Dye to link CCNM and the CCNM PVP Gateway initiative with the RPV Vision Plan, which ties together recreation, tourism and open space, and set the stage for signing the CCNM Gateway MOU with the City.

  • Developed draft CCNM lesson plans related to seabird behavior, time budgets, and using binoculars.

  • Talking with the RPV’s robust docent program, Los Serenos de Point Vicente, regarding the proposed CCNM PVP Gateway initiative and incorporating CCNM into their training program.

  • City of Laguna Beach is still interested in being a CCNM Gateway if congressional withdrawals of their offshore rocks is revoked (Ocean Laguna Foundation is working with Congressman John Campbell’s staff regarding legislation to revoke the withdrawals).

  • Co-funded with Ocean Laguna Foundation an assistance agreement for a seabird/shorebird inventory of the Laguna coast with PRBO Conservation Science, designing the field methodology and training for Sea and Sage Audubon Society’s field volunteers to conduct this one year inventory.

  • Supporting Ocean Laguna Foundation’s mapping initiative for the intertidal zone of the offshore rocks and islands in the vicinity of Laguna Beach using surface truth ADAR imaging data through a combination of viewing from the shore and from a kayak. 

  • Setting up a CCNM Steward agreement with the Navy to help manage CCNM rocks within one mile of San Clemente and San Nicholas Islands. 

  • Met with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service representatives for the trustee councils for the American Trader and Montrose spills, and exploring possible funding to implement RMP actions, such as interpretive and education material and exhibits.

  • Attended San Diego Area Contingency Plan (ACP) meeting and statewide ACP meetings in southern California.     
 California State Parks (Paul Romero, Chief Deputy Director, & Lynd Rhodes, Northern Division Chief)
  • California State Parks is responsible for more than 330 miles of ocean shoreline, equaling more than one-third of California’s coast, with more than 77 park units (including State Parks, State Beaches, and State Historic Parks) bordering the ocean, units that are visited annually by millions of people from California, other states, and other countries.

  • Protection, education, and interpretation of the CCNM are responsibilities for which California State Parks is fully committed, with State Park rangers, interpreters, and other specialists strategically positioned to assist with the planning, interpretation, and stewardship of the CCNM.State Parks has key personnel associated with the majority of the CCNM Gateway communities for planning, interpretation, and protection; Following is State Parks’ current status with each CCNM Gateway initiative: 
Crescent City:  Discussions are underway with Redwood National and State Parks staff for possibilities of linking the CCNM Gateway initiative with NPS/State Parks’ developing concept for a northern “Gateway to the Redwoods”.
Trinidad:  State Parks is involved in this nine-partner CCNM Gateway initiative since both Trinidad State Beach and Patrick’s Point State Park are within the main gateway area.
-  Lost Coast/Shelter Cove:  The focus is on using the CCNM Gateway initiative to link the BLM’s King Range National Conservation Area with the entire Lost Coast from Sinkyone Wilderness State Park to the south to BLM’s Lost Coast Headlands Project to the north.
Mendocino/Fort Bragg:  Although starting with Mendocino, this gateway plans to include not only Mendocino Headlands State Park but also a variety of other State Park units from Van Damme State Park to Westport-Union Landing State Beach. 
-  Elk:  There is a unique opportunity to focus on the historic aspect of the CCNM using the existing infrastructure at Greenwood State Beach and bring the Mendocino County Historical Society in as a key collaborative partner.
-  Point Arena:  State Parks has been an active participate in this gateway and is assisting BLM with the patrolling of the Stornetta Public Lands.
-  Sonoma Coast:  The Sonoma Coast State Beach will be an integral part of this gateway with its variety of existing infrastructure associated with the CCNM.
-  Pigeon Point (San Mateo-Santa Cruz Coast)The CCNM has tagged on to State Parks recent contract to develop outdoor interpretive panels for Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park.
-  Monterey PeninsulaThis area has the potential of being the “Flagship Gateway” for the CCNM but will take some time to bring together.
-  Big Sur:  This gateway has been linked with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s (MBNMS) plan revision that includes a multi-agency initiative intended to provide “seamless management” of the Big Sur coastal area.
-  Piedras Blancas-San Simeon:  The existing cooperative effort between the Piedras Blancas Light Station Project, State Parks, National Geographic Theater, and MBNMS served as a model for the CCNM Gateway initiative; the State Parks’ partnership with the MBNMS regarding the Coastal Discovery Center on the W. R. Hearst Memorial State Beach has provided the first official CCNM Gateway Visitor Contact Station, and plans are underway to evolve the State Park’s current working group dealing with the Hearst acquisition and the San Simeon State Park plan amendment into the CCNM Gateway stewardship working group, with State Parks as the lead partner.
-  Palos Verdes Peninsula:  State Parks will be identifying a contact for this gateway initiative.
California Department of Fish & Game (Sonke Mastrup, Deputy Director)
  • Becky Ota, the Senior Environmental Scientist and Project Review Leader in the DFG Marine Region Office in Belmont, has replaced Marija Vojkovich as the DFG’s CCNM Coordinator. 

  • DFG has been increasing its ocean focus over the past decade, and the Marine Life Protection Act and the California Ocean Protection Council initiatives are the most recent examples.

  • Partnerships and participatory governance are becoming the common way of doing business, but it is a growing experience with DFG.

  • There is an ever increasing need for coordination, and this is particularly true with resource related restrictions, as well as with outreach and education.
 National Geographic & California Coast Geotourism Region Initiative (Angela West, (BLM Travel & Community Service National Program Lead)
  • BLM is working with the National Geographic Society’s (NGS) Center for Sustainable Destinations (CSD) to develop a proposal to use the CCNM as a catalyst for developing a ”geotourism” project of the California coast and its communities.

  • By mobilizing the special expertise of the NGS, the CSD seeks to develop a suite of interventions to implement “geotourism”, defined as “tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place–its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.”

  • An initial briefing and discussion of the proposal for the California Coast geotourism region was held with BLM, California Travel and Tourism Commission, California State Parks, and NGS’ CSD in Sacramento on April 19, 2007.

  • The geotourism initiative fits neatly with the CCNM’s basic implementation framework and with the interests of many California coastal public, community, private, and non-profit groups. 
The afternoon of the first day provided the opportunity for the three core-managing partners to review the interim memorandum of understanding (MOU) under which they operate and the role of the core-managing partners, as well as to discuss what the partners need from each other. Three priority initiatives for the core-managing partners for the next year were identified. These priorities are (1) enhancing the communication between the core-partners, including developing a formal communication process; (2) pursuing the California coast geotourism initiative with the National Geographic Society and finding ways to link this initiative with the California Ocean Protection Council initiatives; and (3) developing an approach for a coordinated coastal signage initiative between the core-managing partners and other entities (e.g., NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries Program in California). The afternoon ended with a panel of CCNM Collaborative Partners and Stewards to illustrate the variety of other CCNM partners and the importance of their role in the effective management of the CCNM. The panel consisted of Shirley Laos, Assistant Tribal Chair for the Trinidad Rancheria, a CCNM Steward; Gerry McChesney, Common Murre Restoration Project Manger for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the newest CCNM Collaborative Partner; and Matt Brookhart, policy analyst for West Coast Office of NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries Program, of which the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is one of the initial CCNM Collaborative Partner.
The second day focused on the status of current CCNM projects, including the CCNM Gateways, the CCNM Site Characterization, the CCNM pilot seabird monitoring program at The Sea Ranch, and the CCNM Supplementary Rules, as well as the CCNM Integrated Communication Plan and the CCNM Business Plan effort. The last afternoon focused on these last two efforts, especially ways to reformat the Integrated Communication Plan for review and input from the core-managing partners. Overall, the CCNM Summit was successful in enhancing the CCNM core-managing partnership relations and helped to ensure the continual success in the implementation of the CCNM.
Huell Howser Productions Shoots CCNM Segment for PBS’ California’s Golden Parks Series.  Right on schedule, the coastal fog lifted enough to provide a prefect day for the filming of a California Coastal National Monument (CCNM) segment for the Public Broadcasting Service's (PBS) “California’s Golden Parks” series.  Huell Howser and his cameraman Cameron Tucker followed CCNM Manager Rick Hanks and California State Parks Northern Division Chief Lynn Rhodes as they visited portions of the CCNM from Hurricane Point in the northern section of Big Sur to Pacific Grove along the south side of Monterey Bay. The filming included on-camera interviews with Humboldt State University seabird researcher Travis Poitras just north of Bixby Bridge along the northern portion of Big Sur and BLM Hollister Field Office archaeologist Erik Zaborsky at Point Pinos on the end of the Monterey Peninsula. Travis is working under contract with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Common Murre Restoration Project to monitor the common murre colonies at the Castle Rock-Hurricane Complex of the CCNM. BLM Hollister Field Manager Rick Cooper and Law Enforcement Ranger Alex Lomvardias were also present during part of the filming. The 30-minute CCNM segment, Number 155 of the California’s Golden Parks Series, is scheduled to air on PBS in southern California late in September and then made available to PBS affiliates throughout California.
BLM & The Sea Ranch Association’s CCNM Stewardship Task Force Monitor Gualala Fireworks.  In April 2007, as part of the CCNM Steward arrangement between the BLM and The Sea Ranch Association, Jim Weigand, BLM California State Office ecologist, began working with the Sea Ranch CCNM Task Force to develop a systematic photographic record, monitoring protocol for seabirds, and observation teams for offshore vascular plants on the CCNM rock islands in northern Sonoma County along lands managed by The Sea Ranch Association. Little did he know that this effort would be accelerated. With the announced intent of the Gualala Festivals Committee to put on a fireworks display during the evening of July 6, 2007, BLM began hearing concerns from local residents regarding seabird disturbance from the previous year’s fireworks display. To meet these community concerns and the uncertainty about the effects of the proposed fireworks display on nesting seabirds in the area, Weigand and BLM California State Office wildlife biologist Paul Roush assisted the Task Force with a multi-media monitoring approach for Gualala Point Island. Gualala Point Island, located about one mile from the launch spot of the fledgling Independence Day fireworks display, is the site of a significant seabird colony. Of particular interest was the colony of Brandt's Cormorants whose numbers in the area have declined steeply since the late 1980s. Task Force members contributed their time, expertise, and equipment to provide BLM with a rich array of photographic, acoustic, observational, and monitoring data in the process of documenting whether fireworks affect the nesting behavior of Brandt's Cormorants and five other breeding seabird species on Gualala Point Island. This initiative helped BLM, with the assistance of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and PRBO Conservation Science (both CCNM Collaborative Partners), develop a seabird monitoring protocol that can be used in other locations associated with the CCNM. In addition, the BLM and the Task Force applied the National Park Service’s harbor seal monitoring protocol for Point Reyes National Seashore and monitored harbor seals on and around Gualala Point Island. A report on the results of the seabird and harbor seal monitoring will be available early next month.
Meetings Held Between BLM, National Park Service & State Parks Officials to Discuss CCNM Gateway Concept for Crescent City.  At the request of the National Park Service (NPS), CCNM Manager Rick Hanks and BLM Arcata Field Manager Lynda Roush, accompanied by Bob Wick, Arcata Field Office planning and environmental coordinator (and CCNM Northern California coordinator), met at the Redwoods National and State Parks headquarters in Crescent City, California to discuss the CCNM Gateway concept and how it might be linked with the northern “Gateway to the Redwoods” idea. Meeting on May 31, 2007, NPS was represented by Steve Chaney, Redwood National and State Parks Superintendent, and California State Parks was represented by Bruce Lynn, Redwood National and State Parks Assistant Superintendent and State Parks Sector Superintendent. Other NPS attendees included Division Chiefs Nick Nolan and Terry Hofstra and wildlife biologist Keith Benson. After discussing the CCNM Gateway concept, the tourism development potential of the Crescent City area, and the possible opportunity for a single, multi-agency visitor center, it was agreed that the time is right to begin developing a CCNM-wide collaborative partnership MOU with the NPS’ Pacific West Region and link with the half dozen NPS units along the California coast. In addition, the Redwood National and State Parks’ management volunteered to work with BLM to develop visibility with the Crescent City community when appropriate. This relationship will be extremely important when the CCNM is ready to begin developing the CCNM Gateway for Crescent City.
CCNM Trinidad Gateway Brochure Printed.  The CCNM Trinidad Gateway stewardship group has produced the first multi-fold, full-color, glossy brochure for a CCNM Gateway. Titled “Exploring the Trinidad Coast”, the brochure focuses on the portion of the CCNM Trinidad Gateway area around the City of Trinidad and Trinidad Head. The brochure was developed by a brochure committee of the CCNM Trinidad Gateway stewardship group. The committee included representatives from the Trinidad Museum Society, City of Trinidad, California Department of Fish and Game, Yurok Tribe, Cher-Ae Heights Trinidad Rancheria, and BLM. Designed by Chris Lohoefener of the Natural Resources Services Division of the Redwood Community Action Agency, the brochure features photos by BLM’s Bob Wick and artwork by local artist Gary Bloomfield. Information on the brochure includes “Trinidad’s Rocky Riches”, “Tsurai: Yuork Tribe’s Coastal Village”, “From Contact to Commerce”, “An Ever-Changing Landscape”, “A Close-Up View of Far-Off Rocks”, “Wildlife Viewing Tips”, “Trinidad Coastal Treks”, and “The Intertidal Zone: Nature’s Aquarium”. In addition, graphics are used in the brochure to portray ethics messages in a more positive way than simply providing a list of do’s and don’ts. The brochure has been well received and is now being used as the main orientation brochure for visitors to Trinidad’s outdoor sites. Twenty thousand copies of the brochure were run off in the first printing, so there are plenty available
Tri-Fold Brochure for Viewing CCNM Sites on the Palos Verdes Peninsula Now Available.  The tri-fold “quick and dirty” (using a printing term) brochure for viewing CCNM sites on the Palos Verdes Peninsula has been completed. It is available for use as a model for other CCNM Gateway initiatives interested in producing a simple, inexpensive brochure. This version of a CCNM brochure can be modified, changed, updated, or reproduced without a lot of expense or time commitment. Prepared in-house using Publisher software, the tri-fold was designed to fit on an 8½” by 11” sheet of paper, be double-sided, and in color. It can be printed, color photo copied, or even photo copied in black and white if needed. When folded, it will fit in traditional brochure racks. Using photographs from community residents, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, and BLM staff, the brochure was specifically designed to be distributed at the Pont Vicente Interpretive Center located in Rancho Palos Verdes. In addition it will be distributed at other public sites as appropriate. The brochure features a map with text and photos addressing six places to see the California Coastal National Monument on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
GeoCorps Fellow Completes Geologic Site Characterization for CCNM.  Working on a 12-week GeoCorps assignment to the CCNM through the Geological Society of America (GSA), Dr. Charles Shaw, a GSA Fellow, compiled a summary of the geologic data for each of the 36 CCNM sub-units. Based on a literature search and series of brief field reconnaissance, Dr. Shaw developed a single page spreadsheet with a summary of the geology, morphology, petrography, and structure of each CCNM sub-unit. These spreadsheets provide the initial geologic information for the CCNM Site Characterization. The work was conducted as part of a partnership arrangement that the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation Systems Office has with the GSA’s GeoCorps program that provides internship and fellowship opportunities for GSA members.
Aaron King Leaves CCNM for Peace Corps Staff Position.  Aaron King, who has been working half-time as the CCNM’s research and grants coordinator for more than three years, has left the BLM for a position as the administrative officer for the Peace Corps’ San Francisco Regional Recruitment Office in Oakland, California. Aaron, an ex-Peace Corps volunteer, will spend the next two years at the Oakland office and will then have the option of taking a Peace Corps administrative officer position in an available country of his choice.
CCNM Related Meetings, Conference Calls, & Events.  In addition to the various meetings, activities, and actions discussed above, the CCNM Manager, other CCNM staff, and staff of the BLM California coastal field offices also participated in a variety of meetings, events, and conference calls, including the following:
  • Conference call re: Calif. Coastal Geotourism Region initiative strategy with J. Dion, National Geographic Society’s Center for Sustainable Destinations Associate Director, & A. West, BLM Travel & Tourism National Program Lead, (R. Hanks), May 1, 2007

  • Conference call re: Gualala fireworks & wildlife disturbance with BLM, FWS (G. McChesney) & DFG (V. Frey & E. Burkett) representatives (Hanks, R. Burns, & J. Fontana), May 1, 2007

  • National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) monthly conference call for California & Nevada (Hanks & B. Wick), May 7, 2007

  • Meeting of CCNM Trinidad Gateway Stewardship Group (L. Roush & Wick with Hanks via phone), Arcata, CA, May 15, 2007

  • Meeting with Gualala Festivals Committee to discuss planned fireworks event (Hanks, Burns & D. Knox), Gualala, CA, May 16,2007

  • Meeting of CCNM Pt. Arena Gateway Stewardship Group (Hanks & Burns), Pt. Arena, CA, May 17, 2007

  • Conference call with FWS re: monitoring protocols related seabird disturbance (Hanks, J. Weigand, & P. Roush), May 18, 2007

  • CCNM Monthly Conference Call, May 21, 2007

  • Meeting of CCNM Trinidad Gateway Stewardship Group’s brochure & kiosk committee (Wick & Hanks), Trinidad, CA, May 30, 2007

  • BLM conference call re: Gualala Fireworks (M. Pool, J. Abbott, T. Danna, J. Bedrosian, Hanks, R. Butler, Weigand, P. Roush, & Fontana), May 30, 2007

  • Meeting with NPS & State Parks re: CCNM & Redwood National & State Parks gateway possibilities at Crescent City, Crescent City, CA, May 31, 2007

  • NLCS monthly conference call for California & Nevada (Hanks), June 4, 2007

  • Meeting with Linda Hitchcock, State Parks interpretive specialist, to discuss CCNM Pigeon Pt. Gateway initiative, Pigeon Pt. Light Station SHP (Hanks, R. Cooper, E. Zaborsky, & T. Jakl), June 6, 2007

  • Conference call re: Gualala Fireworks with Becky Ota & Vicki Frey, DFG (Hanks, Burns, & Weigand), June 6, 2007

  • Conference call re: seabird monitoring protocol (Hanks, Weigand, & P. Roush), June 7, 2007

  • Briefing on CCNM & Gualala fireworks for BLM Northwest Resource Advisory Council (Burns), Fortuna, CA, June 7, 2007

  • Conference call re: Gualala Island seabird monitoring protocol with Gerry McChesney, FWS; Chris Abraham, PRBO; & V. Frey, DFG (Hanks, Weigand, & P. Roush), June 12, 2007

  • Meeting of CCNM Pt. Arena Gateway Stewardship Group (Burns), Pt. Arena, CA, June 14, 2007

  • Meeting of USCG San Diego ACP Committee (G. Thomsen), San Diego, CA, June 14, 2007

  • CCNM Monthly Conference Call, June 19, 2007

  • Reception re: NOAA’s 100 year celebration of coastal surveys exhibit at Aquarium by the Bay (Hanks), San Francisco, CA, June 21, 2007

  • Conference call re: CCNM Summit Planning (Hanks, Wick, & Thomsen), July 11, 2007

  • Conference call re: CCNM Interpretation & Environmental Education Working Group (Hanks, T. Jakl, T. Albrecht, R. Sowards & P. Brink), July 12, 2007

  • Meeting with Mike Sutton, Exec. Director, Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Center for the Future of the Oceans, re: CCNM update & California Coast Geotourism initiative, Monterey, CA, July 17, 2007

  • Meeting with Becky Ota, new CCNM coordinator for DFG, re: CCNM background & update (Hanks), Belmont, CA, July 18, 2007

  • Meeting of CCNM Pt. Arena Gateway kiosk working group (Hanks), Pt. Arena, CA, July 19, 2007

  • Meeting of CCNM Pt. Arena Gateway Stewardship Group (Hanks, Burns & Knox), Pt. Arena, CA, July 19, 2007

  • CCNM Monthly Conference Call, July 23, 2007

  • Ocean Fair re: 1st yr. anniversary of NOAA-Monterey Bay NMS’s Coastal Discovery Center (Hanks), W. R. Hearst Memorial SB, San Simeon, CA, July 28, 2007

  • Meeting re: proposed realignment of Piedras Blancas section of Hwy 1 (Hanks & J. Boucher), Caltrans Dist. Office, San Luis Obispo, CA, August 1, 2007

  • Meeting with Karen Peterson, RPV Dept. of Recreation & Parks, re: CCNM update & PVP Gateway status (Hanks), Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, August 2, 2007

  • Meeting with Barbara Dye, PVP Land Conservancy Exec. Director, & Joel Rojas, RPV Planning Director, re: CCNM & RPV Vision Planning (Hanks & Thomsen), Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, August 2, 2007

  • Meeting with CDR Caren McCurdy, U.S. Navy JAG, re: status of draft CCNM Steward MOU with U.S. Navy (Hanks & Thomsen), August 3, 2007

  • Meeting with Marilyn Murphy, State Parks Mendocino Dist. Superintendent, re: CCNM background & gateway potential initiatives (Hanks), Russian Gulch SP, Mendocino, CA, August 15, 2007

  • Meeting with Tamira Jones, Calif. Coastal Trail Project Coordinator, Mendocino Land Trust, re: update on CCNM & Pt. Arena Gateway initiative (Hanks), Ft. Bragg, CA, August 15, 2007

  • Meeting of CCNM Pt. Arena Gateway kiosk working group (Hanks), Pt. Arena, CA, August 16, 2007

  • Meeting of CCNM Pt. Arena Gateway Stewardship Group (Hanks & Burns), Pt. Arena, CA, August 16, 2007

  • CCNM Monthly Conference Call, August 20, 2007

  • Meeting of CCNM Trinidad Gateway Stewardship Group (L. Roush & Wick with Hanks via phone), Arcata, CA, August 21, 2007

  • Meeting of USCG's Statewide ACP Committee (Thomsen), San Pedro, CA, August 21, 2007

  • Meeting with Nick Franco, State Parks San Luis Obispo Coast Dist. Superintendent, re: CCNM background & Piedras Blancas Gateway (Hanks), Hearst San Simeon State  Historic Museum & Park, San Simeon, CA, August 30, 2007

Contact Information.  
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 or

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