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Trinidad lighthouse and rocky cliffs and ocean. BLM photo Rocky coast line of Point Arena Stornetta BLM lands. BLM photo Large oak trees and green grassy hills of the Fort Ord National Monument. BLM photo Rocky coast line with Piedras Blancas lighthouse in the distance. BLM photo Rocky shoreline with the Point Vicente lighthouse and palm trees. BLM photo

Be swept away to the California Coastal National Monument and five stunning coastal locations.
Come discover the coast.

NEWS.BYTES Special Issue:

- Kenna's Quote
- Free Poster Offer
- Discover the Coast Overview
Wildlife Trivia Question
- Point Arena
- Trinidad
- Fort Ord
- Piedras Blancas
- Point Vicente
- Upcoming Events

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Shoreline rocks and ocean from Battery Point, CA. BLM photo


Jim Kenna, BLM California State Director
"The BLM and its partners encourage people to discover the natural beauty, richness and diversity of coastal communities."

FREE OFFER! Discover the Coast- Point Vicente Framable Poster

Image of Point Vicente Poster. BLMCelebrating our discover the coast campaign, this 11"x14" framable poster, features a stunning photograph of the Point Vicente Lighthouse and information about Discover the Coast and the Point Vicente Lighthouse. This is the first poster in a series of five.


Two people standing on a beach with the sun setting over the ocean. BLM photo News.Bytes Special Issue: Discover the Coast
Discover the Coast is a celebration of our partnerships and the collaborative stewardship efforts along the California coast. It is a six-month journey to five of our amazing gateway communities. We hope you will get to know the parnters, visitor opportunities, and collaborative management efforts along our California coastline.

BLM California and Its Coastal Partners Kick Off a Discover the Coast Campaign
(BLM Tumblr)
The campaign promotes places where people can discover the natural and historic beauty of the California coast.

RELATED: Discover the Coast Photo Collection
(BLM Flickr)
Discover the coast through a photo collection of the California Coastal National Monument and its stunning landscapes, wildlife, and gateway communities.

Image of rocks and waves along California coast with a sunset. California State Parks- A Core Partner in the California Coastal National Monument
(BLM Facebook)
If you've experienced the California coast, there's a good chance you've been to a California State Park. California State Parks manages dozens of state beaches and parks along California's coast for the enjoyment of people and the preservation of nature and culture. This makes it a natural partner with BLM to help people Discover the Coast.

A comorant makes a breeding pose exposing blue neck. Seabird Protection Network Partnership
(BLM Facebook)
Birds and other wildlife are a natural part of a visit to the coast. The Seabird Protection Network is a group of citizens and agencies working to ensure healthy, thriving populations of seabirds on the California coast.

RELATED: Partners of the California Coastal National Monument
(BLM Website) See a list of nearly 100 CCNM partners.

RELATED: Background of the California Coast National Monument
(BLM Facebook- Life Events):


Gray whale with head breaking out of the ocean.

Gray whales feed on which of the following?
(a) small shrimp that float around on the currents
(b) small fish and crustaceans that swim at the surface of the ocean
(c) small crustaceans and tube worms found in ocean sediments
(d) small to large fish and other animals that stray into its mouth
(e) a, b, c,
(f) all of the above

See answer- and more information near the end of this News.bytes.


Rocky shoreline along Stornetta public lands and Point Arena lighthouse in background. BLM photoThe tallest lighthouse on the West Coast and unfettered access to 12-miles of California's undeveloped coastline are highlights at the California Coastal National Monument at Point Arena. Thanks to the recent acquisition of land for public access, you can hike from the city of Point Arena and cross unspoiled coastal prairies on lands managed by the BLM. Or, you can choose to traverse the dunes and walk the wave slope at Manchester State Beach.

Rocky shoreline along Stornetta public lands and Point Arena lighthouse. BLM photo52 Places to Go in 2014: #3. North Coast, California
(New York Times, 01/10/14)
One hundred and thirty miles north of San Francisco, the moody bluffs of the Mendocino Coast have long been a spectacular place from which to observe marine life: passing humpback whales, sun-happy sea lions, foamy waves strewn with kelp. The incorporation of the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands -- nearly 1,300 acres -- gives hikers new access to a contiguous 12-mile stretch of coastline and fields of wildflowers, cypress forests and cliff areas.

DOI Secretary Jewell sands on the rocky shoreline of Stornetta public lands. BLM photoStornetta Lands May Soon Be Monument
(The Press Democrat, 02/15/14)
Supporters of a two-year campaign to extend national monument status to a breathtaking stretch of southern Mendocino coastline are abuzz with speculation that President Barack Obama might use his executive authority to make it happen, and that he might do so soon.

Image of a poster promoting the youth coastal conservation program. BLM photoCongressman Huffman Introduced Legislation to Include Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands in CCNM
(Archived News.Bytes Extra)
More than 100 people gathered for an announcement ceremony held by Congressman Jared Huffman. To introduce a bill that would add the more than 1,300 acres of the federally-owned Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands to the CCNM. Pacific Community Charter School students presented Congressman Huffman with a book of their photographs and artwork of Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands.


Rocky cliff with Trinidad lighthouse and ocean below. BLM photoA dramatic backdrop of rocks and islands and a community committed to conserving and sharing its natural and cultural heritage are hallmarks of the California Coastal National Monument at Trinidad. Your outdoor adventure can include a hike around Trinidad Head for great views of the coastal rocks and islands, stroll along the beach at Houda Point, or a visit to one of three state parks.

Kids pose on a pile of weeds pulled from the beach on Ocean Day. BLM photoOcean Day- Trinidad
(BLM Facebook)
The California-wide Ocean Day education program has been going strong in Humboldt County since 2005, thanks to coordination by Friends of the Dunes and funding from the Whale Tail License Plate Fund.

Photo of childs artwork to support coastal conservation. BLM photoStudent Artists Promote Conservation
(Archived News.Bytes Extra)
Students from Trinidad Union School on California's North Coast are helping to spread the word about the importance of conserving marine resources.

Students stand in a group on a boat for a tour of the CCNM. BLM photoA Close Look at the California Coastal National Monument- Trinidad
(Archived News.Bytes Extra)
The California Coastal National Monument offers magnificent scenic vistas from the mainland, but getting a closer look at the rocks and islets can be a challenge. Students from the Trinidad area had the opportunity to take to the sea and get a closer look at the and its inhabitants.


Oak trees and rolling grasslands of Fort Ord National Monument. BLM photoA rich history, diverse habitat and bountiful recreation opportunities await you at the Fort Ord National Monument. More than 86- miles of trails provide opportunities for you to hike, bike, or ride your horse through the rolling hills and oak woodlands. This largely undeveloped area served as a training facility for thousands of U.S. Army soldiers from 1917-1994. It's all in the heart of the Monterey Peninsula, with its many attractions, abundant natural resources and beautiful access to the California Coast.

Students on a footbridge and in the water working on project.Seeking Answers Naturally- County Master Naturalist Program Fields Students of the Environment
(The Californian, 02/05/14)
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History and the University of California Cooperative Extension join efforts to teach participants how to explore Monterey County's environs in meaningful detail. The Fort Ord National Monument is also among participants. One of its interpretive rangers is set to take the course this year. The monument's botanist has already taught students in the classes, and participants have used Fort Ord lands for fieldtrips.

Group of event participants pose for a photo in front of BLM Fort Ord sign. BLM photoFort Ord Dedication
(Archived News.Bytes Extra)
A new trailhead at BLM's newest national monument was officially opened for business Friday. The project is the culmination of about ten years of planning and coordination related to access to BLM lands along the Highway 68 corridor.

SCA students pose for photo. BLM photoFort Ord National Monument Celebrates Partners National Make A Difference Day
(Archived News.Bytes Extra)
More than 100 veterans, recreationists, and nature enthusiasts joined the BLM at the Fort Ord National Monument during National Make A Difference Day. The event was co-hosted by the Army Base Realignment and Closure Office, Monterey Off-Road Cycling Association, Bicycle Equestrian Trail Assistance team , and Fort Ord Recreation Trail Friends.

DISCOVER THE COAST @ Piedras Blancas

Rocky shoreline and Piedras Blancas lighthouse. BLM photoA respite from the modern world, complete with historic architecture and abundant natural life, await you at the Piedras Blancas Light Station Outstanding Natural Area. Built in 1875 as a safety aid to mariners, the light station once cast a flashing, oil-flame light 25 miles out to sea, warning ship captains to steer clear of the white rocks. Today, the light station casts a beacon to travelers on scenic California Highway 1. Visits to the light station, minutes from the Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument, are only by guided tour.

Piedras Blancas Lighthouse. BLM photoHappy Birthday, Piedras Blancas
(BLM Tumblr)
On May 8, 2008, President Bush signed PL 110-229 into law, establishing the Piedras Blancas Light Station Outstanding Natural Area in California. Located on a rugged windswept point of land six miles north of Hearst Castle, along California's scenic Highway One, it was first illuminated as an aid to navigation in 1875.

Piedras Blancas Lighthouse and Water Tower. BLM photoThe Piedras Blancas Replica Water and Communication Tower
(Archived News.Bytes Extra)
The recently constructed replica water tower, located at Piedras Blancas Light Station, will carry on the tradition of Point Piedras Blancas as a place of safety communications.

Image of Rocky the Lonely Lighthouse. BLM illustrationRocky, the Lonely Lighthouse
(Archived Funny.Bytes)
Rocky has given years of faithful service guiding ships away from the hazardous coast in Central California. Now that modern equipment has replaced tradition, will he be forgotten? Funny.bytes is an occasional look at the lighter side of BLM issues.


Cliffs and lighthouse of Point Vicente. BLM photoOnly minutes away from fast-moving Los Angeles, the Palos Verdes Peninsula is filled with natural beauty and majestic beaches while providing a great diversity of habitat and life. There are opportunities to enjoy the historic Point Vicente Lighthouse perched 180 feet above the ocean and offering memorable views of Catalina Island and nearby Whale Rock, a feature of the California Coastal National Monument. Point Vicente Interpretive Center features exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the Peninsula, with a special emphasis on the Pacific gray whale. You can view their annual migration, from December through April, at this premier whale watch site.

RELATED: VIDEO- Voices of the Coast @ Point Vicente
(BLM YouTube)
Local communities share their thoughts about the coast and invite you to Discover the Coast at Point Vicente, CA.

Students volunteer to clean up the beach. BLM photoInternational Coastal Clearnup Day at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

(BLM Facebook)
As part of a worldwide coastal cleanup event, BLM partnered with the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and others in San Pedro, California to pick up litter and contribute to a healthier ocean.

Large off shore rock and crashing waves. BLM photoPalos Verdes Peninsula Becomes California Coastal National Monument's First Southern California Gateway
(Archived News.Bytes Extra)
A dozen community and governmental agencies met in late March at the City of Rancho Palos Verdes' Point Vicente Park and Interpretative Center to form the Palos Verdes Peninsula Gateway of the California Coastal National Monument. The Gateway is a collaborative partnership to assist BLM with the preservation, stewardship, and appreciation of the CCNM, as well as to advance the understanding and protection of California's coastal and ocean resources.


Mar. 1: The 30th Annual "Whale of a Day" Festival
(BLM Website)
Celebrating the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale from its summer feeding grounds in the Alaska to the winter breeding and calving grounds in Baja, California. Take a tour of the of the Point Vicente Interpretive Center and see the permanent California Coastal National Monument permanent exhibit.

Sept. 21: International Coastal Cleanup Day
(Coastal Conservancy Website)
For nearly three decades, the International Coastal Cleanup efforts have mobilized millions of people in the world's largest volunteer effort for our ocean and waterways.

WILDLIFE TRIVIA answer and related websites

Gray whale with head breaching the water. Gray whales feed on which of the following?
(c) small crustaceans and tube worms found in ocean sediments.

SOURCE: Gray Whale Fact Sheet
(American Cetacian Society Webpage)

RELATED: Gray Whale Population Studies
(NOAA Website)

RELATED: National Marine Sancutuary Foundation
(Facebook Page)
Great blog post on national marine sanctuaries from our friends at the National Aquarium!

RELATED: 1,000 Gray Whales Born in Mexican Waters
(La Prensa, 02/18/14)
Nearly 1,000 gray whales have been born in Mexico since January, when the marine mammals began arriving in the country's coastal waters, the Environment and Natural Resources Secretariat said.

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