Barack Obama has a ways to go if he wants to top the 19 new national monuments created during Bill Clinton’s two terms in the White House, but with President Obama’s addition of 1,665 stunning acres of Pacific cliffs and coastline to the California Coastal National Monument today, great progress is being made.
Until now, the California Coastal National Monument was little known because it was all underwater. It’s crucial coastline, home to kelp beds and sea mammals and river access for endangered salmon. As of today, there’s land for the humans to venture onto—along with the rare Point Arena mountain beaver that lives here along the dramatic Northern California coast: The Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands have been permanently placed under the protection of the National Monument system. (more…)