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On January, 12, 2017 President Obama designated Cotoni-Coast Dairies a National Monument.
“This is a historic day for Cotoni and Amah Mutsun descendents. Our Cotoni ancestors lived on these land for thousands of years as they raised their families and stewarded the lands so they provided for all living things. The National Monument designation will protect and conserve the beauty and spirituality of this land for all future generation. We thank those who supported this effort,” said Amah Mutsun Tribal Band Chairman Valentin Lopez. Currently, four registered ancestral Native American archaeological sites have been documented on the property, and many more may still be identified through formal archaeological survey.
“The Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument is simply a good idea, and thanks to donors and local support and a President who understands the importance of land conservation, it has become a reality,” said Sara Barth, Executive Director of Sempervirens Fund.
“This new National Monument consists of 5,800 acres of already federally owned land in Santa Cruz County, and encompasses 6 watersheds, critical wildlife habitat, scenic beauty and rich cultural resources. We are celebrating this day, and we look forward to supporting and being involved in the management and stewardship of this land,” continued Barth.
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The diverse and beautiful Coast Dairies property spans six watersheds and encompasses 5,800 acres of coastal prairies, redwood forests, riparian canyons and grazing lands. The land is located on the Santa Cruz north coast and owned by the federal Bureau of Land Management.
The Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument campaign is dedicated to gaining permanent federal protection and conservation status for this unique property and its precious natural, cultural, historic, scenic and recreational values.
Situated just north of Wilder Ranch State Park and south of Swanton Pacific Ranch on the inland side of Highway 1, the property links together a vast landscape of coastal open spaces and upland forests including state and local parks, private nature preserves, working forests, agricultural lands, public beaches, a National Marine Sanctuary, and more.
The campaign worked closely with the community to seek designation of Cotoni-Coast Dairies as a National Monument by Congress and President Obama. The campaign also coordinated with local government and community groups to incorporate community input into the monument designation process.