California Coastal National Monument (CCNM)

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An environmental summary by the ENVS 560/L Watershed Systems class at CSUMB.


The California Coastal National Monument (CCNM) is a habitat conservation area in the Central Coast region of California. All outlying rocks within 12 nautical miles of California's coastline are considered within the National Monument and administered by the Bureau of Land Management under its National Conservation Lands Program. [1] CCNM is a diverse coastal habitat for marine-associated vegetation and wildlife on islands, pinnacles, and exposed rocks and reefs along the California coast. Onshore, CCNM consists of 7,924 acres of public land. Cotoni-Coast Dairies, Lost Coast Headlands, Piedras Blancas, Point Arena-Stornetta, Trinidad Head, and Waluplh-Lighthouse Ranch are the six terrestrial units at CCNM. [2] Each year millions of observers enjoy CCNM from beach spaces, cliffs, and various watercraft. The habitat within CCNM supports approximately 200,000 marine and marine-associated birds and several thousand marine mammals such as California sea lions and harbor seals. [3]


CCNM was established in 2000 by President Bill Clinton to elevate the protection of “all unappropriated or unreserved lands and interest in lands owned or controlled by the United States in the form of islands, rocks, exposed reefs and pinnacles above mean high tide within 12 nautical miles of the shoreline of the State of California.” [4]

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