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  • Environmentalists succeed in adding significant protections to Proclamation

    The President’s Proclamation adding the Cotoni-Coast Dairies to the California Coastal National Monument has created protections for many biota, helping to guarantee a balanced approach between public access and preservation. The property’s managers, the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM), had previously demonstrated disregard for all but federally listed species

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  • Monument or not, Coast Dairies will never be “developed”

    Santa Cruz Sentinel Op-Ed, 12/18/2016 By Ted Benhari, Friends of the North Coast—In a recent OpEd the Hilltromper.com editors Traci Hukill and Eric Johnson raise the possibility that if Coast Dairies doesn’t become a national monument it could be sold to developers to build “an exclusive enclave” of estate homes,

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  • Outdoor enthusiasts scaring off native carnivores in parks

    By Rachel Tompa BERKELEY — Even a quiet stroll in the park can dramatically change natural ecosystems, according to a new study by conservation biologists from the University of California, Berkeley. These findings could have important implications for land management policies. The study compared parks in the San Francisco Bay

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  • Cotoni-Coast Dairies monument campaign survey highly misleading

    The Cotoni-Coast Dairies monument campaign’s claim that 84% of county voters support the monument designation is totally bogus. They asked people if they’d heard of the effort to make Coast Dairies a national monument, after they read them a statement explaining what a national monument is. Only 10% of the

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  • Senators Feinstein & Boxer Introduce Bill to Make Coast Dairies a National Monument

    Aug. 5, 2015–Today Sen. Barbara Boxer – and co-sponsor Sen. Dianne Feinstein – as expected introduced a bill (see link below to the full text of the bill) to add Coast Dairies, and five small areas around California, to the California Coastal National Monument. The news release they sent out,

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  • National Monument status more harmful than helpful?

    Ted Benhari, RBDA Chairman OP ED IN SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL, August 2, 2015 California’s coast between Santa Cruz and San Francisco is one of the world’s most important biodiversity hotspots. Thanks to community activists and support from conservation organizations and public and private donations, much of it has been preserved

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