BLM seeks public comment on proposed rule for Cotoni-Coast Dairies

Rule aims to manage recreation, address safety, and ensure proper care for the values of the California Coastal National Monument

Green fields with cows and the ocean in the background.

MARINA, Calif. — The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Central Coast Field Office is seeking public comment on a proposed supplementary rule to manage recreation at the Cotoni-Coast Dairies unit of the California Coastal National Monument. The supplementary rule would provide consistency and uniformity for visitors to public lands managed by the BLM, prevent resource damage and user conflicts, and provide greater safety to the public. Comments will be accepted until January 30, 2023.

“We believe this plan will help address key issues of recreation access, public health and safety, and protection of natural and cultural resources,” said Acting Central Coast Field Manager Shekeetah Allen Genoway. “We are seeking public comments to help us clarify language in the rules to ensure they are easily understood by users and public.”

The Cotoni-Coast Dairies property is distinguished by its broad marine terraces separated by six forested, perennial streams that flow from the Santa Cruz Mountains into the Pacific Ocean. The area supports a wide variety of habitats and wildlife, including coho salmon, steelhead trout, California red-legged frogs, mule deer, and mountain lions. Recreational opportunities include hiking, biking, horseback riding, and birdwatching.

The California Coastal National Monument, established by a Presidential proclamation in January 2000, extends approximately 1,100 miles from the Oregon border near Crescent City south into Orange County. In 2014, Cotoni-Coast Dairies was donated to the BLM by the Trust for Public Land. In January 2017, a Presidential proclamation added five additional units to the California Coastal National Monument, including Cotoni-Coast Dairies.

A link to the Federal Register notice and a map depicting the area affected by the proposed supplementary rule is available to the public at the BLM website: https://www.blm.gov/cotoni-coast-dairies, and in the Central Coast Field Office.

Comments may be submitted online via email to blm_ca_cotoni_coast_dairies@blm.gov or they can be delivered to the Bureau of Land Management, 940 2nd Avenue, Marina, CA 93933. For specific questions, please call the Central Coast Field Office at (831) 582-2200.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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