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California Coastal National Monument Expansion

California Coastal National Monument  Photo Credit:  David Cooper
California Coastal National Monument Photo Credit: David Cooper

2017 Success

Grantee:  Conservation Lands Foundation

Result: 6,230 acres protected

President Obama expanded the California Coastal National Monument to include six new areas: Trinidad Head; Waluplh-Lighthouse Ranch; Lost Coast Headlands; Cotoni-Coast Dairies; Piedras Blancas; and Orange County Rocks. Members of California’s Congressional delegation led a legislative effort to expand this monument, which enjoys widespread support throughout California. Congress failed to act leading to President Obama’s proclamation. The original monument, designated by President Bill Clinton in 2000, preserved more than 20,000 offshore islands and rocks. The expanded monument provides on-shore public access while protecting important coastal resources for current and future generations to enjoy.