National Monument Campaign Kick-off a Huge Success! Highlights & Photos

Performances, speeches and important announcements were made at our Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument Campaign* Kick-off Event on Feb. 12, 2015 at Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz.
*now named Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument Campaign

Former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt gives the keynote address:

 Former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt gives the keynote at the Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument Campaign Kick-off on 2/12/15 in Santa Cruz.

Highlights include:

  • Over 1,500 people attended the event
  • Valentin Lopez, Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, offered the opening prayer
  • 100 local elementary school children sang “This Land is Your Land”
  • Congresswoman Anna Eshoo announced via video her introduction of legislation in the House of Representatives to designate this national monument.
  • California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird announces Governor Jerry Brown’s endorsement of the monument designation.
  • Former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt keynoted the event.
  • Q&A panel discussion featuring Monterey County Supervisor Jane Parker, the Bureau of Land Management’s Rick Cooper, Citizens Campaign Committee chair Dan Haifley and CEO of Visit Mendocino Scott Schneider
  • Former Santa Cruz Mayor Hilary Bryant and Sempervirens Fund Board President and former Santa Cruz County Treasurer Fred Keeley emceed the event

More photos:
Hilary Bryant.
Former Santa Cruz Mayor Hilary Bryant (emcee)

Val Lopez.
Valentin Lopez, Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band

Children singing "This Land Is Your Land" at the Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument Campaign Kick-off on 2/12/15 in Santa Cruz.
Elementary school children from DeLaveaga, Gault, Westlake and Bay View schools sing “This Land is Your Land”

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The crowd watches Congresswoman Anna Eshoo via video announcing legislation in the House of Representatives to designate this national monument.

Fred Keeley.
Sempervirens Fund Board President and former Santa Cruz County Treasurer Fred Keeley

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California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird announcing Governor Jerry Brown’s endorsement of the monument designation.

Panel Q&A at the Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument Campaign Kick-off on 2/12/15 in Santa Cruz.
Q&A panel discussion featuring (seated L to R) Monterey County Supervisor Jane Parker, Citizens Campaign Committee chair Dan Haifley, the Bureau of Land Management’s Rick Cooper and CEO of Visit Mendocino Scott Schneider

Sempervirens Fund table at the Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument Campaign Kick-off on 2/12/15 in Santa Cruz.
Sempervirens Fund’s table. A dozen campaign partners and sponsors tabled at the event.

Related links:

Pledge your name in support of the monument.

Visit the campaign website.

Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument campaign officially kicks off (Santa Cruz Sentinel)

All photos by Mike Kahn/Sempervirens Fund.

Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument logo.

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