BLM seeks public input on draft Cotoni-Coast Dairies management plan


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A lush green field with grazing cows next to the ocean. Photo by Jim Pickering/BLM.MARINA, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management Central Coast Field Office is seeking public input on an environmental assessment and draft amendment to the Resource Management Plan for the California Coastal National Monument that will provide management direction for Cotoni-Coast Dairies public lands in Santa Cruz County. The 30-day public review period ends on March 19.

Two open house meetings will be held during the review period from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

  • Wednesday, March 4, Bonny Doon Union Elementary School District, 1492 Pine Flat Rd., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Thursday, March 5, Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060

The focus of this planning effort is to provide public access and recreation on the Cotoni-Coast Dairies public lands, while ensuring protection of natural and cultural resources. All of the alternatives provide for increased public access to this property

This effort advances the Administration’s goals identified in Secretarial Order 3366, “Increasing Recreation Opportunities on Lands and Waters Managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior;” Secretarial Order 3347, “Conservation Stewardship and Outdoor Recreation;” and Secretarial Order 3372, “Reducing Wildfire Risks on Department of the Interior Land Through Active Management.”

Cotoni-Coast Dairies was donated to the BLM in 2014 and encompasses nearly 6,000 acres along Santa Cruz County’s North Coast. Access to the property is currently limited to guided tours. Cotoni-Coast Dairies extends along the Pacific Coast Highway near Davenport. This area is marked by six forested perennial streams that flow from the Santa Cruz Mountains into the Pacific Ocean and between these riparian drainages are broad marine terraces. These public lands support a wide variety of habitats and wildlife, including coho salmon, steelhead trout, California red-legged frogs, mule deer and mountain lions.

The BLM welcomes and values the public’s diverse views. Written comments on the environmental assessment and proposed amendment may be submitted electronically at, via email to, by fax to 831-582-2266, or mail to BLM Central Coast Field Office, Attn: Cotoni-Coast Dairies RMPA/EA, 940 2nd Ave., Marina, CA  93933-6009.

Before including addresses, phone numbers, email addresses or other personal identifying information in a comment, commenters should be aware that the entire comment, including personal identifying information, could be made publicly available at any time. While the public may ask the BLM to withhold personal identifying information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.

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.