California Coastal National Monument

California Coastal National Monument

Stornetta Public Lands unit
Area 2,272 acres (919 ha)[1]
Created January 11, 2000 (2000-01-11)[2]
Governing body Bureau of Land Management
Website California Coastal National Monument
Harbor seals resting on surf grass, in sight of some of the many rocks protected by the 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 1,100-mile (1,800 km) long California coastline. Conservative estimates are for at least 20,000 such outcroppings.[3] The monument was created by 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) . It is managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior. There are five regulated gateways in which the monument can be accessed; the Trinidad Gateway, Point Arena Gateway, Pigeon Point Gateway, Piedras Balncas-San Simeon Gateway, and Palos Verdes Peninsula Gateway.[4] The California Coastal National Monument is one of the most-viewed national monuments in California although people are usually not aware that they are viewing a national monument.[4]


The monument has expanded since it was created.

Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands

On March 11, 2014, President Barack Obama used an executive 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 is the only land based segment of the national monument visitor are allowed on.[8] Under federal protection the public is allowed to use the land for bird watching, fishing, picnicking, nature photography, and wildlife observation. Overnight camping and parking is prohibited. Along the coastal area there are numerous sink holes and unsteady cliffs.[7]

California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act

The California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act of 2016 would add 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.[9]

See also


  1. "National Monument detail table as of April 2012" (PDF). Bureau of Land Management.
  2. "California Coastal National Monument, Proclamation". Bureau of Land Management.
  3. Janofsky, Michael (December 13, 1999). "Amid Protests, Land-Protection Plan Goes to President". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-03-21.
  4. 1 2 "California Coastal National Monument FY 2009 Manager's Report" (PDF). 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. 1 2 "Point Arena-Stornetta". U.S. Department of The Interior Bureau of Land Management. U.S. Department of The Interior Bureau of Land Management. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  8. Forgione, Mary. "California Coastal National Monument adds breathtaking new land". LA Times. LA Times. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  9. Wire, Sarah D. (September 9, 2016). "Should the California Coastal National Monument be expanded?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
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