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The Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument has been designated but there is lots more to do! Get updates on next steps:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Will there be a party or some kind of monument designation event?
At this point, we do not expect the Trump Administration to host a monument celebration as has happened in previous administrations. Sempervirens Fund, however, expects to convene an event (probably this spring) to celebrate this accomplishment. Stay tuned.
What about the Trump administration? Can they undo this?
We do not want to speculate about what the Trump administration will do. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has concluded that there is no legal basis for a President to overturn a national monument designation of a previous President, based on an independent legal analysis conducted in 2000 and a separate analysis conducted in 2016.
In addition, no President has disrespected a previous President by revoking a national monument designation. We hope that the Trump Administration will recognize the importance of protecting natural and cultural resources and honor the decision made by President Obama. If such an effort were made, we would oppose it. And we will continue to do what we do best: protect and steward land in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Can I go see the new national monument? Will it be open for visitors?
No, Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument will not be open for visitors immediately. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the federal agency that manages this public land, will embark on a multi-year process to gather public input and relevant scientific data to create a management plan for the property. To stay abreast of this management process and learn when the monument will be open to the public, make sure you are on our mailing list.
How can I participate in BLM’s public input process?
Please join our email list for notifications about the process and/or you may contact the Bureau of Land Management’s California Coastal National Monument office (Cotoni-Coast Dairies is a new unit of the California Coastal National Monument).
Is there an actual monument?
Places of natural and/or cultural significance can be designated as a national monument by the President or Congress. It doesn’t have to be a statue or a monument like those on the National Mall in Washington DC. The Bay Area is home to one of the most famous national monuments, Muir Woods National Monument. Presidents have the ability to designate national monuments because of a law passed by Congress in 1906 (the Antiquities Act). As a result of that Presidential authority, millions of acres of public land have been protected in order to conserve their ecological, cultural and historical values.
What elected officials helped make monument designation happen?
“This designation is now a reality thanks to the strong and diverse support that came from the local communities and political champions like former Senator Barbara Boxer, Representative Anna Eshoo, California Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird, former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, and the President, all of whom understand the importance of land conservation and the preservation of cultural resources,” said Sara Barth, Executive Director of Sempervirens Fund. Click here for a complete list of government endorsements, campaign sponsors and friend.
What’s special about this land?
Plenty! Situated in California’s Coast Range, Cotoni-Coast Dairies lies in a globally recognized biodiversity hotspot-within-a-hotspot. Its Mediterranean climate and unique topography—marine terraces etched by watersheds—foster numerous ecosystems within a relatively small area; Cotoni-Coast Dairies is home to 14 native vegetation communities, including redwoods and two types of native grasslands. It also provides habitat for many special-status plant and animal species, including the iconic mountain lion, gray fox, California red-legged frog and peregrine falcon. It connects to 15,000 additional acres of adjacent protected lands, forming a 21,000-acre block of wildlands, critical to wildlife connectivity, and just an hour from the Bay Area’s 7 million people.
This treasure trove of terrestrial biodiversity mirrors the rich ocean environment to which it is inextricably bound. From atop its highest marine terrace, at an elevation of 800 feet, one can see the sweep of the California coast and the curve of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, one of the richest nearshore marine environments on earth. The marine terraces of Cotoni-Coast Dairies, sculpted by waves and tectonic movement, offer a unique window onto the geological history of the continent and the Pacific Ocean.