California Coastal National Monument


The California Coastal National Monument is located along the entire coastline of the U.S. state of California. This monument ensures the protection of all islets, reefs and rock outcroppings along the coast of California within 12 nautical miles (22 km) of shore along the entire 840-mile (1,350 km) long coastline. Conservative estimates are for at least 20,000 such outcroppings.[3] The monument was created by Bill Clinton via Presidential proclamation on January 11, 2000, with the authority in section two of the Antiquities Act of 1906. As of 2014, the monument has expanded to 2,272 acres (919 ha). The U.S. Bureau of Land Management, an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior that manages the monument, has developed gateways in cooperation with other agencies along the California coast to introduce the monument to the public. These include the Trinidad, Point Arena, Fort Bragg-Mendocino, Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Piedras Blancas State Marine Reserve and Marine Conservation Area, and the Palos Verdes Peninsula.[4] Although being the most-viewed national monument in California, people are usually unaware that the entire coastline is a national monument.[4]

California Coastal National Monument
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Stornetta Public Lands unit
Area2,272 acres (919 ha)[1]
CreatedJanuary 11, 2000 (2000-01-11)[2]
Governing bodyBureau of Land Management
WebsiteOfficial website
Harbor seals resting on surf grass, in sight of some of the many rocks protected by the California Coastal National Monument
Sea Arch and high surf near Point Arena, CCNM


The monument has seen two major expansions since its creation:

Point Arena-Stornetta Public LandsEdit

On March 11, 2014, President Barack Obama used a presidential proclamation to add the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands to the monument.[5] The proclamation added 1,665 acres (674 ha) of onshore areas to the existing monument, comprising the estuary of the Garcia River.[6] The Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands is located on the Mendocino County Coast, north of the small town of Point Arena.[7] Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands will receive full federal protection and will be open to the public. The Point Arena-Stornetta Public Land was the first onshore segment of the national monument that visitors were allowed on.[8] Under federal protection, the public is allowed to use the land for bird watching, fishing, picnicking, nature photography, and wildlife observation.[9] Overnight camping and parking is prohibited. Along the coastal area there are numerous sinkholes and unsteady cliffs.[7] A bill adding this area passed the US House in 2013.[10][11]

California Coastal National Monument Expansion ActEdit

One of thousands of offshore rocks in the CCNM

The California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act of 2017 [12] added five coastal sites: 440 acres (180 ha) at Lost Coast Headlands, 13 acres (5.3 ha) at Trinidad Head, 8 acres (3.2 ha) at Lighthouse Ranch in Humboldt County, 5,780 acres (2,340 ha) from the Cotoni-Coast Dairies in Santa Cruz County and 20 acres (8.1 ha) from Piedras Blancas in San Luis Obispo County. It also would include some small rocks and islands off the coast of Orange County.[13] In January 2017, President Obama used his executive power under the 1906 Antiquities Act to designate these sites as National Monuments.[14]

Onshore unitsEdit

Six onshore units comprise 7,924 acres (3,207 ha) of public land: Trinidad Head, Waluplh-Lighthouse Ranch, Lost Coast Headlands, Point Arena-Stornetta, Cotoni-Coast Dairies, and Piedras Blancas.

Cotoni-Coast Dairies UnitEdit

Cotoni-Coast Dairies
View of farmland bought by the BLM in 2014
Location of the Cotoni-Coast Dairies in California
LocationDavenport, CA
Nearest citySanta Cruz, California
Coordinates37°01′N 122°11′W / 37.01°N 122.19°W / 37.01; -122.19Coordinates: 37°01′N 122°11′W / 37.01°N 122.19°W / 37.01; -122.19
Area5,843 acres (23.65 km2)
Governing bodyBureau of Land Management, Central Coast Field Office

Cotoni-Coast Dairies is part of the California Coastal National Monument[15][16] in Santa Cruz County, California, eight miles (13 km) north of the city of Davenport.[17]

For most of the 20th century, Coast Dairies, was run as a farm and ranching operation by the descendents of two Swiss families. After is was purchased by Save the Redwoods League in 1998, it was transferred to Trust for Public Land. In 2006, about 400 acres (160 ha) of its beaches to create Coast Dairies State Park.[16][18] Most of the rest of the land has been transferred to the Bureau of Land Management.[19]

In 2014, the Bureau of Land Management bought a 5,800 acres (2,300 ha) tract of land on the inland side of the highway adjacent to the coastal parcels.[20] President Barack Obama designated Cotoni-Coast Dairies as a National Monument in 2017.[21] The Bureau of Land Management developed a management that was approved by the California Coastal Commission in 2020.[17] Some of the land east of the highway will continue to be used for farming, but most will become open to the public.[20]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "National Monument detail table as of April 2012" (PDF). Bureau of Land Management. Retrieved 2012-12-26.
  2. ^ "California Coastal National Monument, Proclamation". Bureau of Land Management. Archived from the original on 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  3. ^ Janofsky, Michael (December 13, 1999). "Amid Protests, Land-Protection Plan Goes to President". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-03-21.
  4. ^ a b "California Coastal National Monument FY 2009 Manager's Report" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-12-15. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  5. ^ Eilperin, Julie (March 11, 2014). "Obama uses executive authority to name Calif. preserve a national monument". Washington Post. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  6. ^ Eilperin, Julie (March 8, 2014). "Obama to designate monument in Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands in California". Washington Post. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Point Arena-Stornetta". U.S. Department of The Interior Bureau of Land Management. U.S. Department of The Interior Bureau of Land Management. Archived from the original on 9 December 2014. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  8. ^ Forgione, Mary (11 March 2014). "California Coastal National Monument adds breathtaking new land". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  9. ^ Jeanne, Wirka (March 9, 2019). "Guidebook guru shares secrets of the North Coast". Santa Rosa Press Democrat. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  10. ^ "H.R. 1411 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Congressman Huffman Holds Announcement Ceremony Regarding Legislation to include Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands in CCNM". Bureau of Land Management. Archived from the original on 23 July 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Presidential Proclamation -- Boundary Enlargement of the California Coastal National Monument". Obamawhitehouse.archives.ogov. 12 January 2017. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  13. ^ Wire, Sarah D. (September 9, 2016). "Should the California Coastal National Monument be expanded?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  14. ^ Boxall, Bettina (12 January 2017). "Obama adds six sites to California Coastal National Monument". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  15. ^ "California Coastal National Monument". Bureau of Land Management. Bureau of Land Management.
  16. ^ a b Rogers, Paul (12 January 2015). "New national monument proposed for Santa Cruz coast". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  17. ^ a b Pickett, Mallory (2020-12-12). "'We're so close': After decades, Cotoni-Coast Dairies land inches closer to public opening". Lookout Local Santa Cruz. Retrieved 2021-06-25.
  18. ^ Coast Dairies State Park at Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks
  19. ^ Cotoni-Coast Dairies Amendment to the California Coastal National Monument Resource Management Plan (Report). Bureau of Land Management. August 10, 2021.{{cite report}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  20. ^ a b Barboza, Tony (April 14, 2012). "Stretch of Northern California coast to be permanently protected". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  21. ^ Pickett, Mallory (2021-06-24). "Open trails at Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument by next summer? What to know on BLM's latest move". Lookout Local Santa Cruz. Retrieved 2021-06-25.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

External linksEdit

  • "California Coastal National Monument". Bureau of Land Management.
  • "California Coastal National Monument map". Bureau of Land Management.
  • POINT ARENA STORNETTA UNIT, includes trail map, at Mendocino Land Trust