Statement on President Obama’s Use of the Antiquities Act to Protect the California Coast at Stornetta

Mar 10, 2014

The Wilderness Society issued the following statement regarding tomorrow’s scheduled announcement that President Obama will expand the California Coastal National Monument by adding the Point Arena-Stornetta public lands.

“President Obama has responded to local communities in California with an important addition to our national system of public lands, and for that we thank the Administration and the leadership of the California delegation. The expansion of the California Coastal National Monument provides spectacular public access for visitors to enjoy the rugged coastal beauty of Point Arena, where migratory waterfowl, Coho and Chinook salmon and several endangered species find refuge.

This is a critical time for the future of our public lands, which thrive under the care of local communities, the agencies that manage them, and our elected officials who act to protect them. The President’s use of the Antiquities Act came about through open and careful collaboration with the local communities in Mendocino County and the California congressional delegation, who recognize the tremendous value of these lands in helping to protect the Garcia watershed and this irreplaceable coastline.

The Wilderness Society will continue work to work with communities across America to ensure we have a diverse and healthy system of national treasures to pass on to future generations.”

Jamie Williams, President,The Wilderness Society 

Michael Reinemer