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Coastal gem joins national monument

Point Arena-Stornetta, CaliforniaThe cliffs at Point Arena offer amazing views of the Pacific. During migration season, you might even spot a passing gray whale.Photo credit: John Birchard

To locals, there’s never been any doubt that the windswept bluffs and gorgeous meadows of Point Arena are a national treasure. Last week, President Obama made it official, adding more than 1,500 acres along this stunning stretch of shoreline to the California Coastal National Monument.

The addition was made possible in part by The Trust for Public Land's protection of two critical coastal propertiestotaling more than 530 acresthat linked previously conserved areas together. Now, the unbroken swath of public land is the first on-shore addition to the national monument.

“Our country is blessed with some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. It’s up to us to protect them, so our children’s children can experience them, too,” Obama said. And like us, he believes that public lands are about more than good views. “By designating [these lands] a national monument, we’ll also support the local economy.”

After years of working with the community to conserve this special place, we couldn’t be happier to hear the White House announcement. It’s good news not just for locals, but for the thousands of out-of-towners who stop by each year for the sweeping views and a dose of ocean air.

We hope you’ll be one of them. In the meantime, you can get a glimpse of the latest addition to the national monument in our favorite photos from Point Arena on Facebook.

Point Arena-Stornetta, CaliforniaA lofty view of the tide pools. Photo credit: Rich Reid


Dave Sandersfeld
I was working here in 1980s stabilizing artesian springs in a local Pomo Tribal housing projects; as they sit right where the Notorious San Andreas Fault leaves North America. In 1906 Earthquake in San Francisco, this area had huge 100-foot explosions of trapped water underground leveling nearby landscapes. A Magical Place, a challenge for construction! Thank You Obama

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