A California Coastal National Monument

A California Coastal National Monument

Three hours north of San Francisco along the Mendocino County coastline lies one of California's most beautiful and ecologically significant landscapes. The Stornetta Public Lands and historic Point Arena together form a natural showcase of rugged cliffs, rumpled dunes, and rolling meadows. 

The area is home to several endangered species, intact native plant communities, and unique geological features—all of which make it an ideal place for hiking, photography, bird-watching, and fishing. Now a diverse coalition of business owners, local elected officials, and community members support efforts by California's congressional delegation to protect this piece of the coastline for future generations to enjoy. 

This year, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and Representative Jared Huffman of California introduced legislation to add more than 1,000 acres of the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands to the California Coastal National Monument. Fellow Californians Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Mike Thompson joined them in asking President Barack Obama to  preserve the area under the Antiquities Act.

The Pew Charitable Trusts supports this local effort to protect Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands as a national monument.



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