You can impact public access to the Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument! That's right… YOU! This process will determine how the public can access the 6,000 acre property. Do you want sustainable trails and better trail connectivity? Get involved & speak up for trail access! Remember that public planning is decided by those who show up!
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proceeding with the planning process for Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument! This process will pave the way for public access to the 6,000 acre property on the North Coast surrounding Davenport and adjacent to San Vicente Redwoods, and it will be crucial in determining trail access on the property. We need you to get involved! The graphic below helps you understand the full planning process, emphasizing opportunities for you to get involved. For more info from the BLM on their planning process click here.
Note that you MUST participate in the Public Scoping Period and/or Public Comment Period in order to participate in the Public Protest Period!
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ACTION ALERT! PUBLIC MEETINGS: 7/17 & 7/18
The BLM has two upcoming public meetings where they will be seeking public input on how the property should be managed. Please make time to attend one of these meetings to speak up for trail access! MBOSC has provided suggested talking points below.
Wednesday, July 17, 6:30-8:30pm
Louden Nelson Community Center
301 Center St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Thursday, July 18, 6:30-8:30pm
Pacific Elementary School
50 Ocean St., Davenport, CA 95017
MBOSC TALKING POINTS
Click here to download the complete list of MBOSC talking points!
Cotoni Coast Dairies (CCD) is a property that has many amazing resources both natural and cultural. It also has the potential for world class recreational access that would serve both local residents and visitors to Santa Cruz County's North Coast. The Bureau of Land Management has a responsibility to balance the management of these various resources with public access which MBOSC believes they can do successfully. MBOSC has assessed opportunities for trail based recreation on the property and has the a number of recommendations. Some talking points are highlighted below, and please download the complete list here.
- CCD is a large enough property to support the conservation of cultural, and ecological resources while still providing a diverse and substantial trail network to provide for public enjoyment of the property.
- Trail access should be provided for a diversity of trail users including walkers, hikers, runners, disabled users, mountain bikers, and equestrians.
- Trail planning, construction and maintenance should place a high value on minimizing disturbance to sensitive cultural, biological, and hydrological resources consistent with NEPA and BLM Manuals and Handbooks/policies and practices.
- The trail network should be designed and constructed using today's best practices.
- Trail connectivity to other parks and regional trails (existing and planned) should be a priority for trail network design.
ACTION ALERT! SUBMIT WRITTEN COMMENTS: 6/24 - 8/2
If you cannot attend one of the public meetings, please submit a written comment requesting trail access using the MBOSC talking points above. Written comments will be accepted from June 24 through August 2. It is always more impactful to write your own letter, but if you are short on time, you can download the MBOSC sample letter by clicking here. Just fill it out, save or print it, then email, fax, or mail it to the contact info provided below.
Submit written comments by:
Email: [email protected]
Mail: BLM Central Coast Field Office
Attn: Cotoni-Coast Dairies RMPA/EA
940 2nd Avenue
Marina, CA 93933-6009
ABOUT THE CCDNM PROPERTY
The Coast Dairies Property is approximately 6,000 acres and consists of six distinct watersheds, more than seven miles of coastal resources (including seven beaches) hundreds of acres of agricultural lands, 700 acres of redwood forest, and other unique natural and cultural resources.
Until the mid-1700s, this was Costanoan/Ohlone land. From the mid-1700s to mid-1800s it was held under Spanish and Mexican land grants. Sometime in the early 1900s, it fell under the ownership of Coast Dairies and Land Company and the Portland Cement Company. In 1998 it was acquired by the Trust for Public Land, and then donated to the BLM in 2014. At the very end of the Obama administration in 2017, it was made a National Monument through Presidential Proclamation 9563.
A key thing to note about the Presidential Proclamation is that the language within it states that the property "shall become available for public access upon completion of a management plan." It's that public access that's at the center of this BLM management plan planning process.
The Coast Dairies Management Plan recognizes the recreational opportunities for trails as long as the use is consistent with the goals of protection and preservation of natural and cultural resources. This is a beautiful place. The property offers high marine terraces, steep canyons cut by local creeks, virgin second- or third-growth redwood forest, and panoramic views of the coast and surrounding landscape. Unlike Wilder Ranch, the Pacific Ocean is a dominant part of the background when views from atop the marine terraces.
This land represents a significant recreational and cultural resource for Santa Cruz County. MBOSC will be active participants in the stewardship of the Coast Dairies lands so that we can protect and enjoy this treasure of public land for many generations.
It is critical for trail-users to make sure the BLM knows we want access to this land. This is especially important because access to the CCDNM will be essential in providing connectivity between the planned 30 miles of trails at San Vicente Redwoods and the coast, which is a key component for better trail connectivity in the county.
MORE PROJECT BACKGROUND
If you are interested in more background on this project and MBOSC's involvement, please read through the following MBOSC news stories that have been posted about CCDNM:
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