Public Access Plan for Cotoni-Coast Dairies Property

Striking sunset over dairy field.

The Cotoni-Coast Dairies property encompasses nearly 6,000 acres near Davenport.

Public Meetings Scheduled for 07/17 and 07/18.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Central Coast Field Office is seeking public input on a proposal to expand public access and recreation on Cotoni-Coast Dairies, within the California Coastal National Monument, along Santa Cruz County’s North Coast. Access is currently limited to guided tours.

Public meetings will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the following dates and locations:
Wednesday, July 17, Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Thursday, July 18, Pacific Elementary School, 50 Ocean St., Davenport, CA 95017 (Space is limited at this venue.)

If approved, the expansion furthers Secretary’s Order 3366, Increasing Recreation Opportunities on Lands and Waters Managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior and Secretary’s Order 3347, Conservation Stewardship and Outdoor Recreation.

“This plan will provide for public access and recreation on the spectacular Cotoni-Coast Dairies, while ensuring protection of natural and cultural resources for present and future generations,” says Central Coast Field Manager Ben Blom. “We welcome and value diverse views and want to hear from everyone interested in management of these lands.”

Map of Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument.

The Cotoni-Coast Dairies property includes six watersheds that drain to the Pacific Ocean.

Sempervirens Fund’s Role in Cotoni-Coast Dairies

Sempervirens Fund led the campaign to get Cotoni-Coast Dairies added to the California Coastal National Monument in 2017 under President Obama. Dozens of partner organizations, including Peninsula Open Space Trust, Save the Redwoods League, the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, Conservation Lands Foundation, and The Nature Conservancy, hundreds of local businesses, and more than 15,000 members of the public also endorsed and supported this designation. Read more about this remarkable team effort in our Spring 2017 edition of Mountain Echo.

Cotoni-Coast Dairies, which encompasses nearly 6,000 acres, extends along the Pacific Coast Highway near Davenport along Santa Cruz County’s North Coast. This area is marked by six forested perennial streams that flow from the Santa Cruz Mountains into the Pacific Ocean, and between these riparian drainages are broad marine terraces. These public lands support a wide variety of habitats and wildlife, including coho salmon, steelhead trout, California red-legged frogs, mule deer and mountain lions.

Sempervirens Fund, as both owners of neighboring property Cotoni-Coast Ridge and as co-landowners (with POST) of neighboring properties San Vicente Redwoods and Filice Ranch, will be present at the public meetings to voice our position on public access to Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument.

How to Submit Comments

Information related to this planning effort can be found on the ePlanning website at https://go.usa.gov/xEJAw. Comments may be submitted electronically at https://go.usa.gov/xEJAw; via email to blm_ca_cotoni_coast_dairies@blm.gov; by fax: 831-582-2266; or by mail: BLM Central Coast Field Office, Attn: Cotoni-Coast Dairies RMPA/EA, 940 2nd Avenue, Marina, CA 93933-6009.

Before including addresses, phone numbers, email addresses or other personal identifying information in a comment, commenters should be aware that the entire comment, including personal identifying information, could be made publicly available at any time. While the public may ask the BLM to withhold personal identifying information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.

About BLM

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $96 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2017. These activities supported more than 468,000 jobs.

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