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PLANNING UPDATE

September 30, 2006

    

CCNM Plan Receives Third Planning Award.  After receiving the California Association of Environmental Professionals’ (AEP’s) award for Best Planning document (for population of 50,000 or greater) and the Northern Section of the California Chapter of the American Planning Association’s (APA’s) Planning Implementation Award for large jurisdiction, the California Coastal National Monument (CCNM) Resource Management Plan (RMP) has now received the APA’s California-wide award for large jurisdictions. The award will be presented at the American Planning Association’s California Chapter annual conference this October in Anaheim, California.

CCNM “Summit” Held in Monterey to Develop a Road Map for Shared Management.  As part of the initiative to develop the implementation strategy for the California Coastal National Monument Resource Management Plan, a two-day workshop was held on August 30 and 31, 2006, in Monterey, California. The Monterey Bay Aquarium provided the meeting space at their Center for the Future of the Oceans in Monterey’s Heritage Harbor. Dubbed the CCNM “Summit” by BLM State Director Mike Pool, the workshop had two main purposes.  These were to (1) develop a shared vision and priorities list for the implementation of the CCNM RMP and (2) determine the specific implementation tasks (both funded and unfunded) needed to meet the vision and accomplish the priorities over the next five years. In addition, the workshop provided the opportunity to assemble the CCNM’s “management team” together in one place with the BLM California State Director and hold the first CCNM “Summit” since the completion of the CCNM RMP a year ago.

More than 30 people participated in the workshop, including BLM California State Director Mike Pool, Associate State Director Jim Abbott, Deputy State Director-Natural Resources Tony Danna, four of the five BLM coastal field managers, and a variety of BLM resource specialists. Also participating in the workshop were Helene Aarons, national partnership coordinator on the BLM National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) staff in Washington, D.C.; Angela West, national travel, tourism, and community service program lead for BLM’s Recreation and Visitor Services Division; Diane Nelson, GIS and partnership coordinator for the BLM National Training Center; and Gerry McChensey, Common Murre Restoration Project manager for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The CCNM Core-Managing Partners were represented by Mat Fuzie, Monterey District Superintendent for California State Parks. 

 Mike Sutton, Executive Director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Center for the Future of the Oceans, and Bill Douros, acting Superintendent of NOAA’s new West Coast Region for the National Marine Sanctuaries Program, provided a Monterey welcome to the group and a few remarks regarding their respective programs and the links with the CCNM. State Director Mike Pool then provided the Summit’s opening remarks and noted that the coast is the premiere feature of California and the BLM is privileged to have a key piece of it.  He emphasized that the CCNM is a “one of a kind” resource for BLM and it provides the BLM with the ultimate partnership challenge. He added that this was a “historic meeting” and with the completion of the CCNM RMP the BLM is at a stage where each of the BLM coastal managers can now contribute to its implementation.

The workshop was broken up into two broad categories. The first day was the “Strategic Thinking Day” focusing on verifying the common vision and developing the basic “road map” for a shared management for the CCNM and implementing the RMP. The second day was the “Nuts & Bolts Day” focusing on identifying priority projects, tasks, and commitments that need to be made in order to implement the CCNM RMP over the next three to five years. High priorities were developed assuming their completion is possible under current capabilities (i.e., current skills, labor hours, and budgets). As initial priorities, three basic projects, each with at least three priority tasks, were identified. In addition, an interim project to cover the current outreach initiatives and a project that serves as a placeholder to cover the implementation of an outreach strategy were also identified.  These initial priorities are outlined as follows:

·         Site Inventory [Site Characterization, Seabird Conservation, & Partnerships]

    • Assess existing sensitive seabird colony data & identify priority sites
    • Conduct gap analysis & data synthesis
    • Promote & coordinate on-going seabird monitoring/research

·         Management Activities/Issues [Protection & Partnerships]

    •  Identify management needed to protect the most sensitive seabird sites
    •  Develop enforcement framework
    •  Develop supplementary rules

·         Outreach Strategy Development (Education & Interpretative Plan) [Protection, Gateways, Tidepool Connection, & Partnerships]

    • Establish environmental education/interpretation framework, etc.
    • Develop & maintain consistent messaging & look
    • Initiate Tidepool Connection effort

·         Interim/Ongoing Outreach [Gateways, Protection, & Partnerships]

    • Continue Gateway development
    • Continue with current education/interpretation facilities & media initiatives
    • Continue partnership development & maintenance
    • Continue “virtual monument” concept development & upgrading of CCNM website

·         Outreach Strategy Implementation [Protection, Partners, Site Characterization, Gateways, Seabird Conservation, & Tidepool Connection]

Two Key CCNM Personnel Leave BLM.  Emily Evans, an Arcata Field Office Interpretative Specialist who has served as the CCNM’s main interpretative and environmental education advisor and specialist, resigned from BLM to pursue her PhD in Education with a focus on environmental education at UC Davis.  In addition, Julie Anne Delgado, after only a couple months on the CCNM staff as the Resource Protection/Partnership Coordinator, resigned from BLM to take a position with the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County.

Yurok Tribe Signs CCNM Steward Agreement As Part of CCNM Trinidad Gateway Partnership Recognition Ceremony.  On the morning of July 13, 2006, an outdoor ceremony was held at the Trinidad memorial lighthouse park to recognize the initial partners in the CCNM Gateway initiative for the Trinidad portion of the CCNM. As part of the ceremony, a CCNM Steward agreement was signed with the Yurok Tribe giving the tribe a stewardship role in the management of portions of the CCNM that lie within the Yurok Tribe’s ancestral territory in Del Norte and Humboldt counties. California State Director Mike Pool signed for the BLM and Thomas O’Rourke, Sr., Vice-Chairman of the Yurok Tribe, signed for the tribe. The agreement provides a framework for BLM and the Yurok Tribe to work together on habitat protection, monitoring, research, public education, and other activities. “We are happy to welcome the Yurok Tribe to our group of North Coast partners in the monument,” said Lynda Roush, manager of the BLM’s Arcata Field Office. “The tribe’s insight and knowledge, combined with the expertise provided through our other North Coast partners will be important as we move forward in protecting monument resources and providing information to the public.”

As part of the ceremony, BLM presented each of the initial CCNM Trinidad Gateway partners with a framed commemorative CCNM Trinidad poster. The partners included the two CCNM “Core-Managing” partners – the California Department of Fish and Game and the California State Parks; two CCNM “Stewards” – the Trinidad Rancheria and the Yurok Tribe; and three CCNM “Collaborative” partners – the City of Trinidad, the Trinidad Museum Society, and the Tsurai Ancestral Society.

CCNM Representatives Attend Point Vicente Interpretative Center Re-Opening. CCNM Manager Rick Hanks and Steve Razo, California Desert District Deputy District Manager for Outreach, attended the “re-opening” ceremony and open house for the City of Rancho Palos Verdes’ Point Vicente Interpretative Center on Saturday, July 15, 2006. More than a 100 people attended the ceremony and at least 300 people took advantage of the day-long open house and interpretative center tours. The BLM is working with the Rancho Palos Verdes as part of the developing CCNM Gateway for the Palos Verdes Peninsula. It is hoped that in the near future, the Point Vicente Interpretative Center can serve as the CCNM visitor contact station for the CCNM Gateway initiative on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, a premier location in southern California. Before leaving the open house, Hanks presented Holly Starr, Point Vincente Interpretative Center Manager, with a prototype of the CCNM Palos Verdes Peninsula gateway poster and a CCNM interpretative poster for display at the center.

CCNM at Opening of Coastal Discovery Center in San Simeon.  The Grand Opening for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s Coastal Discovery Center in San Simeon was held on Saturday, July 22, 2006. Located on the William Randolph Hearst State Beach across Highway 1 from the entrance to Hearst Castle State Historic Park, the Coastal Discovery Center will serve as the first CCNM Gateway “visitor contact station”. The grand opening events started with a Friday evening reception at the Hearst Castle National Geographic Theater lobby with the “Partners in Conservation” indoor display and concluded with a day-long outdoor “Partners in Conservation’s Ocean Fair” on the grass in front of the Coastal Discovery Center.  The National Geographic indoor display consists of wall exhibits for the National Marine Sanctuary Program and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, California State Parks, Friends of the Elephant Seals, BLM’s Piedras Blancas Light Station, and the CCNM. For the outdoor “Ocean Fair”, the CCNM booth provided Piedras Blancas postcards to the visitors and the opportunity for kids to make brown pelican headbands.

BLM Participates in NOAA’s Safe Seas ’06 Oil Spill Exercise.  After months of preparation and a “table-top exercise” in July, the Safe Seas 2006 oil spill exercise culminated with a two-day full-scale field exercise on August 9 and 10, 2006, in San Francisco, California. Safe Seas 2006 was a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) initiative to exercise oil spill response preparedness on the Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries in the waters near San Francisco. Lead by NOAA, it was a multi-agency effort in collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard, California Department of Fish and Game’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR), U.S. Department of the Interior, and Harley Marine Services. More than 300 people participated in the exercise. BLM personnel, representing the CCNM, participated in the incident command post activities. Rick Hanks, CCNM Manager, served on the Liaison staff, while Erik Zaborsky, BLM Hollister Field Office Archaeologist, served as the co-cultural resource group lead; John Key, BLM California State Office Hazmat Specialist, served on the Environmental Unit; and Keith Tyler, BLM Washington (D.C.) Office Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) Specialist, served on the NRDA team. The exercise scenario involved a hypothetical collision of a bulk freight cargo ship with an oil barge in tow by a tugboat resulting in a large amount of oil spilling as the vessels moved away from the collision site. With a projection of the oil hitting the San Mateo County coast, this exercise provided an excellent training opportunity related to the CCNM resources. The exercise helped emphasis the need for appropriate contingency planning related to the CCNM and BLM’s California coastal resources.

California & the World Ocean 2006 Conference Focuses on Implementing the Vision for Ocean & Coastal Protection.  More than 1000 scientists, managers, and ocean and coastal specialists participated in the California and the World Ocean 2006 Conference held on September 17-20, 2006, in Long Beach, California. More than 320 papers were presented during three days of concurrent sessions. The major focus of the conference was on the implementation of the “vision” and recommendations of the California Ocean Protection Council’s Five Year Strategic Plan. CCNM Manager Rick Hanks represented BLM at the conference and presented a paper as part of a session on “Place-Based Management”.  Entitled “Rocks, Ecosystems, Partners, and Gateways: The Components for the Implementation of the California Coastal National Monument within California’s ‘Eleventh Bioregion’”, the paper provided a brief explanation of what the CCNM is, touched on the framework for the management of the monument (i.e., rocks, ecosystems, partners, and gateways) and the implementation priorities, and concluded with a few comments on how the CCNM contributes to the implementation of the recommendations of the California Ocean Protection Council’s five-year strategic plan and the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Ocean Commission reports.

The CCNM, with its network of more than 20,000 small islands, rocks, exposed reefs, and pinnacles, can assist California with the implementation of these recommendations in a variety of ways, but Hanks’ paper focused on three major ones. First, with the CCNM partnership approach and the CCNM Gateway initiative, the CCNM can model “participatory governance”, one of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy’s guiding principles and the first theme of the California Ocean Protection Council’s strategic plan.  Second, with the CCNM being the only Federal designation that runs the length of the California coast, it can serve as a catalyst for fostering stewardship of the California’s coastal ecosystems. And finally, the “CCNM corridor” can help bring a holistic perspective that California’s nearshore and offshore zones constitutes California’s “eleventh bioregion”.The current division of California into ten large bioregions inadvertently excluded California’s nearshore and offshore zones (i.e., the western edge of the four western bioregions is the “coastline”). As a result, the State’s current biodiversity initiative (i.e., California Biodiversity Council) is missing a key part of California’s diverse ecosystems. By treating California’s nearshore and offshore zones as the eleventh bioregion would complete California’s intent of including all of the State’s natural resources under its biodiversity initiative and formally add California’s eleventh bioregion to the existing forum.

CCNM Related Meetings, Conference Calls, & Events.  In addition to the various meetings and events discussed above, the CCNM Manager, other CCNM staff, and BLM California coastal field offices (FOs) staff also participated in a variety of meetings, events, and conference calls, including the following:

  • Meeting with Yurok Tribe’s Lori McKinnon re: Yurok Tribe MOU signing ceremony (Bob Wick & Lynda Roush), Arcata, CA, July 6, 2006
  • Meeting with advisory committee for NOAA/Costal Conservancy "Linking Land and Sea” re: Coastal Conservation Needs Assessment (Wick), Arcata, CA, July 6, 2006
  • Conference call re: Safe Seas ’06 Oil Spill Exercise Natural Resource Damage Assessment (Rick Hanks), July 7, 2006
  • Conference call with BLM Arcata Field Office re: Yurok Tribe MOU signing & Trinidad partnership ceremony (Hanks, L. Roush, & Wick), July 13, 2006
  • Meeting with Trinidad City Council member Terry Marlow and Trinidad City Clerk Gabe Adams re: interpretive signing & kiosk (Wick), Trinidad, CA, July 17, 2006
  • Meeting with Amy Boone, Marine Life Protection Act Initiative, re: State & Federal coordination report, California Resource Agency, (Hanks & Julie Anne Delgado), Sacramento, CA, July 18, 2006
  • Pre-plan meeting re: CCNM RMP Implementation Strategy (Hanks, Eli Ilano, Wick, Paul Brink, & J. Delgado), Sacramento, CA, July 19, 2006
  • Conference call with BLM’s Robert Jolley, Myoshi Stith, & Paul Meyer re: BLM & Safe Seas ’06 Oil Spill Exercise (Hanks), July 20, 2006
  • Conference call re: DOI & Safe Seas ’06 Oil Spill Exercise (Hanks), July 22, 2006
  • Meeting with Earthscope Project Manager Brian Coyle, re: National Science Foundation GPS stations (Hanks & Nelson), Monterey, CA, August 1, 2006
  • Conference call re: BLM & Safe Seas ’06 Oil Spill Exercise coordination (Hanks), August 3, 2006
  • Short Course re: Safe Seas ’06 Oil Spill Exercise Natural Resource Damage Assessment (Hanks), San Francisco, August 7, 2006
  • Meeting of North Coast San Simeon State Park Planning Group (Hanks, John Bogacki, & Diane Nelson), Heart Castle State Historic Park, San Simeon, CA, August 15, 2006
  • Attended Trinidad Rancheria tribal council meeting to obtained approval for interpretive projects (Wick & Emily Evans), Trinidad, CA, August 16, 2006
  • Conference call re: DOI & Safe Seas ’06 Oil Spill Exercise follow-up (Hanks), August 18, 2006
  • Meeting between Yurok Tribe representatives Tom Gates & Lori McKinnon & NOAA National Marine Sanctuary Program West Coast Regional Superintendent Bill Douros re: National Marine Sanctuary possibilities associated with proposed Yurok Tribal Park System (Hanks), Monterey, CA, August 21, 2006
  • Meeting with Leslie Dahlhoff, Point Arena Mayor, & Rae Radtkey, Executive Director, Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers, re: planning for CCNM Gateway-Point Arena meetings (Hanks, Nelson, A& Diane Knox), Point Arena, CA, August 22, 2006
  • Meeting with BLM Arcata Field Office (FO) Manager Lynda Roush & CCNM Northern California coordinator Bob Wick re: CCNM activities in Arcata FO (Hanks & Nelson), Arcata, CA, August 22, 2006
  • Attended Trinidad City Council Meeting re: approval for interpretive displays (Wick), Trinidad, August 22, 2006
  • Meeting with Greg Nesty, Trinidad Rancheria Environmental Program Coordinator, re: Trinidad Rancheria & CCNM activities & CCNM Gateway-Trinidad fall meeting (Hanks & Nelson), Trinidad, CA, August 24, 2006
  • Meeting with Ned Simmons, President of Trinidad Museum Society (TMS), & various TMS board members & docents re: CCNM & CCNM Gateway Trinidad (Hanks & Nelson), Trinidad, CA, August 24, 2006
  • Meeting with BLM Ukiah Field Office FO Manager Rich Burns & Ukiah FO CCNM coordinator Diane Knox re: CCNM activities in Ukiah FO (Hanks & Nelson), Ukiah, CA, August 25, 2006
  • Meeting with Tsurai Ancestral Society re: CCNM kiosk at Trinidad Rancheria boat ramp (Bob Wick), Trinidad, CA, September 6, 2006
  • CCNM Mini-Tour of Monterey Peninsula, Pebble Beach, & Castle Rock-Hurricane Point for Jim Weigand, BLM California State Office ecologist re: CCNM invasive species inventory (Hanks), September 7, 2006
  • Meeting with Tsuari Ancestral Society re: briefing on CCNM & approval for interpretive displays (Wick), Trinidad, CA, September 7, 2006
  • Meeting with National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations’ Director Jonathan Tourellot and Associate Director James Dion re: CCNM & California coast as a geotourism region (Hanks & Cat Darst, NLCS science coordinator), September 28, 2006
  • Meeting with Rob Hellie, BLM NLCS Office, re: CCNM update (Hanks), September 28, 2006
  • Meeting with Ron LeValley, Mad River Biologists, re: seabird studies setting up a seabird biologist work group meeting tentatively planned for November 2006 (Wick & Paul Roush), Arcata, CA, September 28, 2006

Contact Information.  Any questions, comments, concerns, or requests for additional information?  Contact Rick Hanks, CCNM Manager, 299 Foam Street, Monterey, CA 93940, telephone (831) 372-6105 or 372-6115, or e-mail at hhanks@ca.blm.gov or cacnm@ca.blm.gov.


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