DOI Secretary Jewell Celebrates at Stornetta Ranch
March 12, 2014
The Nature Conservancy applauds President Obama for designating the Point Arena–Stornetta Public Lands as part of the California Coastal National Monument. The Conservancy purchased much of the land 10 years ago in an effort to protect critical lands and waters along California’s north coast in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management. Today, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join the local community and other federal and state leaders at the Stornetta Ranch to celebrate President Obama’s designation.
The expansion of the California Coastal National Monument adds 10 miles to the California Coastal Trail and protects the Garcia River estuary. Designation as a national monument will increase recreational opportunities, help the tourist economy and continue permanent protection of important wildlife habitat.
“The Garcia River is a prime example of The Nature Conservancy’s efforts to protect salmon habitat on their full lifecycle from sea to stream, and we are thrilled to see the Lands and their incredible conservation value receive this national recognition and additional protection,” said Mike Sweeney, executive director of The Nature Conservancy in California. “The addition of these lands to the national monument will create important recreation opportunities and economic benefit to the local community.”
In 2004, in partnership with the State Coastal Conservancy, the Wildlife Conservation Board, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the state of California and the Bureau of Land Management, The Nature Conservancy purchased just over 1,200 acres of land that would become the heart of the BLM-managed Stornetta Public Lands. With recent additions by the Trust for Public Land and partners, the property now makes up 1,819 acres of pristine land that harbors the Garcia River, grasslands, freshwater marshes, sand dunes and sand flats. This critical land is home to several threatened and endangered species including the Point Arena mountain beaver; coho, Chinook and pink salmon; steelhead trout; Behren's silverspot butterfly; Lotis blue butterfly; and California red-legged frog; it also provides wintering areas for migratory bird species including tundra swans.
The Nature Conservancy also thanks Congressmen Jared Huffman and Mike Thompson and Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein for their support and effort to expand the national monument through the California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.