Advocates Push to Make Stornetta Public Lands Part of CCNM
Monday, April 8th, 2013 by bruce

Advocates are actively pursuing extending California Coastal National Monument (CCNM) status to the 1,132-acre Stornetta Public Lands in Point Arena either through legislation or executive decision.

But even without the status, this is a great place for a walk, especially when the waterfall is running. And, it’s only a half mile from the Point Arena Lighthouse, another must-see destination on your Mendocino Coast Visit.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat recently wrote the following:

One way or another, they’re working to ensure the federally owned property — with its chiseled cliffs, blowholes, waterfalls and aweinspiring vistas — gains the added protection and visibility that would come with nationalmonument standing. “It just raises the level of care that the property gets, and public access, to an entirely new level,” said Winston Bowen, president of the Mendocino Land Trust.

“To my knowledge, there is no known opposition to this,” said Richard Burns, field manager with the Bureau of Land Management.

Visitors already are free to hike the former Stornetta Brothers Coastal Ranch under a $7.8 million conservation deal struck in 2004 that converted the property to federal ownership under the jurisdiction of the BLM.

Monument status would provide improved access to money for purposes such as trail development and maintenance, or possibly permanent bathrooms, as well as a higher level of protection for wildlife and habitat, advocates said.

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