Press Release of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer

For Immediate Release:
March 8, 2014  
Washington D.C. Office (202) 224-3553

Boxer Lauds President Obama for Adding Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands to the California Coastal National Monument by Executive Action  

Senator Boxer Has Long Supported Expanding the California Coastal National Monument to Include Point Arena-Stornetta

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today praised President Obama for using his authority under the Antiquities Act to add the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands to the California Coastal National Monument. Senator Boxer and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) wrote a letter last year with Representatives Jared Huffman and Mike Thompson (both D-CA) to President Obama urging him to use his executive authority to designate these lands as part of the California Coastal National Monument. 

“I am so pleased that President Obama is taking action to permanently protect this majestic piece of California’s coast for future generations to enjoy,” Senator Boxer said. “Expanding this monument will not only help preserve this sensitive coastal area and protect marine life along the coast, it will also boost the tourism economy in Mendocino County, which supports 5,000 jobs.” 

In both the 112th and 113th Congresses, Senator Boxer and Senator Feinstein introduced legislation to expand the California Coastal National Monument to include the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands.  

The Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands feature some of the most significant and scenic public lands along California’s North Coast. Home to several endangered species, intact native plant communities, and unique geological features, the 1,600 acre area is where the Garcia River crosses the rugged cliffs and rolling meadows of California’s coast before entering the Pacific Ocean. The preservation of these lands will ensure that local residents and visitors from around the world can enjoy California’s spectacular beauty – and one of the most beautiful coastal areas in the country – for generations to come.   

The California Coastal National Monument was designated by President Bill Clinton in 2000, and protects small islands, exposed reefs, and pinnacles off the 1,100 miles of California coastline as well as the critical habitat it provides for an abundance of marine life.  

The Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers, The Sierra Club, The Conservation Lands Foundation, The Trust for Public Land and Visit Mendocino County all supported the push to add the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands in the California Coastal National Monument.