California: Obama adds ‘spectacular’ Mendocino coastline to the California Coastal National Monument

 
 
The California coast's Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands, seen Nov. 8, 2013, has been designated a national monument.
The California coast's Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands, seen Nov. 8, 2013, has been designated a national monument.
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President Barak Obama has added about 1,665 acres of “spectacular” Mendocino County coastline to the California Coastal National Monument. It is the first onshore addition to the to the monument, established in 2000 by President Bill Clinton to protect 20,000 small islands, reefs, rocks and pinnacles off California's coast. The Point Arena-Stornetta lands provide habitat for harbor seals, Steller sea lions and an occasional elephant seal, which visitors can catch sight of from the western bluffs. The area also includes habitat for rare, threatened and endangered species including coho salmon, steelhead, the Point Arena mountain beaver and the Behren’s silverspot butterfly.

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