Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument

Welcome to the Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument campaign!

ACTION ALERT: Please email a personal note of monument support to

  • Address your email to Secretary Sally Jewell, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Include a brief personal statement explaining why you support the creation of Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument under the California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act
  • Include your full name and address

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Yes, I support the creation of Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument under the California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act >> Sign the Pledge

Proposed by Senator Boxer, the California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act seeks to add five land-based “gateways” to the California Coastal National Monument: Cotoni-Coast Dairies, Piedras Blancas, Lost Coast Headlands, Trinidad Head and Lighthouse Ranch. Visit the statewide Campaign for the California Coast website.

Cotoni (pronounced “Cho-toni”) refers to and honors the native people that inhabited this area for thousands of years prior to European contact. Coast Dairies, the property’s most recent name, recognizes the land’s modern history dating back to the 1860s when Swiss dairy farmers acquired the land. Learn more about the Natural, Cultural and Historic Resources of Cotoni-Coast Dairies.

Make a gift today to help Sempervirens Fund turn this coastal redwood gateway into a National Monument and protect the redwood forests, wildlife habitat, watersheds, and other important natural and scenic features of California’s Santa Cruz Mountains.

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 is working closely with the community to seek designation of Cotoni-Coast Dairies as a National Monument by Congress and President Obama. The campaign is also coordinating with local government and community groups to incorporate community input into the monument designation process.

Proposed Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument map