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President Obama signs procolamation. Secretary Jewell speaks to a crowd at the Point Arena-Stornetta Designation Event. Shoreline view of Point Arena-Stornetta public lands and Point Arena Lighthouse. Waves crashing over rocks. Group poses in front of the new Point Arena-Stornetta public lands sign. BLM photo

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- Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week
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View of the rocky shoreline and Point Arena Lighthouse from the Point Arena-Stornetta public lands. BLM photoSAY HELLO TO YOUR NEW NATIONAL MONUMENT!
(BLM Tumblr)
Interior Secretary Jewell joined the BLM, its California partners and the coastal community to celebrate the designation of Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands! http://tmblr.co/Z9wNeu1A0gUcW

President Obama signs a proclamation. Obama Uses Executive Authority to Name Calif. Preserve a National Monument
(The Washington Post, 03/11/14)
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined hundreds of community members to celebrate President Obama's designation of the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands as part of the California Coastal National Monument. http://ow.ly/uBkDi

President Obama Designates the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands as a National Monument
(YoutTube, 3/11/14)
President Remarks on designating the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands as a National Monument and recognizes Larry Stornetta. http://youtu.be/PhN3MP9ZYEU

Waves crashing over rocky shoreline. Amateur Photographer's Images Helped Preserve National Treasure
(CBS Evening News, 3/12/14)
Bob Wick's photos do more than describe the new addition to the California Coastal National Monument -- they take you there. "It's just the most spectacular piece of coastline you can imagine." http://ow.ly/uyQEZ

President Obama signs the proclamation with key stakeholders standing at his side.President Obama Designates Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands a National Monument
(Santa Rosa Press Democrat, 3/11/14)
President Barack Obama made it official Tuesday with an executive order bringing the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands into the California Coastal National Monument. Among those present for the Oval Office ceremony was Larry Stornetta, whose family owned the property for three generations. http://ow.ly/uyS9P

Stornetta Public Lands Feted in Style-- with video
(The Press Democrat, 03/12/14)
About 300 people gathered atop an ocean bluff in Point Arena on Wednesday to celebrate the country's newest national monument and applaud the community whose advocacy helped persuade President Barack Obama to ensure the coastal expanse was protected forever.

Photo of Point Arena-Stornetta coastline.Point Arena Parcel Added to California Coastal National Monument
(Los Angeles Times, 3/11/14)
President Obama acts to expand the Northern California monument by 1,665 acres after the effort stalled in Congress. http://ow.ly/uySqV

Sea lions sitting on rocks.Obama Adds Land Near Point Arena to National Monument
(SF Gate, 03/09/14)
A stretch of shoreline near Point Arena marked by bluffs, forests and a salmon-filled river will become part of national monument. http://ow.ly/uBmkV

Barack Obama Designo El Point Arena-Stornetta Monumento Nacional-- Spanish Audio (Univision, 03/11/14)
Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands incluye 1665 acres de tierra federal administrada por el BLM a lo largo de la costa norte de California. http://ow.ly/uBo2i

Secretary Jewell speaks to the crowd at the Point Arena-Stornetta Designation Event. US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Joins Point Arena Celebration
(The California Report Audio Archive, 3/12/14)
This has been a big week for the folks who live in and around Point Arena. President Barack Obama signed a proclamation expanding the California Coastal National Monument along the Mendocino Coast.

Rocky shoreline of the Point Arena-Stornetta public lands.Obama Protects 'Gateway' to California Coastal Islands
(Mother Nature Network, 3/12/14)
President Obama enshrined 1,665 acres of pristine California coastline on Tuesday, expanding the California Coastal National Monument to include a swath of rocky shores, river corridors, meadows and wetlands known as Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands. http://ow.ly/uyR0B

Obama to Designate Preserve at Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands on California Coast
(The Washington Post, 03/08/14)
President Obama to designate a 1,665-acre nature preserve on California's coast a national monument, according to White House officials, signaling an increasingly muscular conservation policy. http://ow.ly/urmBV


Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands
View of rocky shoreline from the Point Arena-Stornetta public lands.(BLM Website)
Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands are situated along the rugged Mendocino County coastline just north of the town of Point Arena. A unique area with access to 12 coastal miles of undeveloped federal and state-managed public lands.. http://ow.ly/urxTX

VIDEO: Voices of the Coast from Point Arena-Stornetta
(BLM YouTube) Local communities share their thoughts about the coast and invite you to Discover the Coast @ Point Arena.

VIDEO: Protecting the Coast @ Point Arena
(BLM YouTube)
The community of Point Arena comes together to support adding Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands to the California Coastal National Monument. Congressman Jared Huffman talks about the "people-powered" project... http://youtu.be/H63AFi5g-jg

Point Arena lighthouse and public lands. BLM California Coastal National Monument
(BLM Website) http://ow.ly/uz1Iy

Point Arena-Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument

(BLM Website) http://ow.ly/uBqiW

Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands Celebration Photo Album
(Department of Interior Facebook) http://ow.ly/uBqxv

FREE OFFER! Discover The Coast @Point Arena-Stornetta Poster

Image of Point Arena PosterCelebrating our discover the coast campaign, this 11"x14" framable poster, features a stunning photograph of the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands and information about our Discover the Coast campaign. This is the second poster in a series of five.


A group pose in front of the new Point Arena-Stornetta public lands sign. BLM photoReflections on a Monument Celebration: Voices from Point Arena
(News.Bytes Extra)
The California coastal community of Point Arena was abuzz this week, as it celebrated President Obama's proclamation expanding the BLM California Coastal National Monument to include the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands adjacent to the city. http://ow.ly/uBfjf

Secretary Jewell and BLM CA State Director Jim Kenna cheer on a group of students. Partnerships: Key to Conserving California's Coastal Resources
(News.Bytes Extra)
The ceremony marking the addition of the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands Unit to the California Coastal National Monument is the latest milestone in a legacy of partnerships that are the future of managing California's remarkable coastline. http://ow.ly/uzoRh

Group of partners pose for Secretary Jewell visit. Secretary Jewell Visit to Point Arena Stornetta Public Lands in Mendocino County
(Archived News.Bytes Extra)
More than 300 residents of the Mendocino Coast turned out for a public listening session hosted by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to share the community vision to conserve a scenic and significant area of coastal public lands in Mendocino County. http://ow.ly/urtn

Congressman Huffman Introduced Legislation to Include Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands in California Coastal National Monument
(Archived News.Bytes Extra)
The fog retreated and the sun covered the Arena-Stornetta Public Lands as more than 100 people gathered on a point above Arena Cove in March 2013, for an announcement ceremony held by Congressman Jared Huffman. http://ow.ly/urvSf


Point Arena Mountain Beaver.

The mountain beaver has what you might call a "secret" - at least something you might not expect of these industrious creatures. What is it?
(a) They are sometimes carnivorous.
(b) They raise only the strongest single offspring of a litter, pushing the others out of their dens.
(c) They like to raid nests of ground-nesting waterfowl, for their eggs.
(d) They are not actually beavers.
(e) The mountain beaver's voracious appetite for a rare plant, is responsible for the extinction of the Spurious butterfly.

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


Sudden Oak Death Confirmed in Trinity County
(Garberville News, 3/11/14)
Sudden Oak Death has been confirmed...less than 600 yards over the Humboldt County line into Trinity County on an 80-acre BLM parcel adjacent to the Six Rivers National Forest. http://ow.ly/uyTWM

Comments Still Accepted on Route 66 Plan
(Needles Desert Star, 3/10/14)
The public can continue to comment on a corridor management plan being created for California portions of historic Route 66 for the next month, according to Doran Sanchez, the BLM's lead on the project. http://ow.ly/uyUH2

A wild horse stand in a corral as a visitor watches over the fence. Wild Mustangs, Burros Can be Adopted Next Week
(Riverside Press-Enterprise, 3/11/14)
BLM staff will bring more than 30 horses including pintos, roans and buckskins, and a dozen burros from their Ridgecrest Regional Wild Horse and Burro Corrals to the Backcountry Horsemen of California Rendezvous from Friday, March 21 - Sunday, March 23. http://ow.ly/uyUYv


March 21-23: BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoptions in Norco, CA
(BLM Facebook)
About 30 wild horses and 10 burros will be available for adoption at the Backcountry Horsemen's Rendezvous in Norco, CA. From 9 am to 5 pm you can visit the animals, learn about the adoption process...


DOI Weekly Video: March 14, 2014
(DOI YouTube)
President Obama designates a stunning stretch of public lands to be added to the California Coastal National Monument...

Last Week at the BLM: March 3-7, 2014
(BLM Tumblr)
President Obama budgeted $1.1 billion for the BLM in Fiscal Year 2015; The Wilderness Society published Desert Showcase: A Look at America's Desert Wilderness Areas...Seven of the 11 areas showcased to feature the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act are managed by the BLM... http://tmblr.co/Z9wNeu19k3fUy

WILDLIFE TRIVIA ANSWER and related information

What is the mountain beaver's secret?

(d) The mountain beaver is not actually a beaver. They are the only survivor of the Aplodontidae family.

Point Arena Mountain Beaver.PHOTO CREDIT: Kim Fitts, BioConsultant

RELATED: Point Arena Mountain Beaver Species Profile.
(USFWS Website) The total number of individual Point Arena mountain beavers throughout their range is unknown. It is also unclear exactly how many separate Point Arena mountain beaver subpopulations currently exist, but there are probably at least 26 separate subpopulations. http://ow.ly/uz0eS

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