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Obama Permanently Protects 1,600 Acres of California’s Tourism-Friendly Coastline

Mar 12, 2014 9:20 am

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President Barack Obama picks up a personalized pen before signing a document desiganting the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands as part of the California Coastal National Monument during a signing ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Charles Dharapak / AP Photo


President Barack Obama is fulfilling a State of the Union pledge to preserve more federal lands by adding more California coastline to a national monument.

Obama on Tuesday signed a proclamation permanently protecting some 1,665 acres in Northern California’s Mendocino County, just north of Point Arena. He says he wants to make sure the land is cherished and preserved for future generations.

The action expands the California Coastal National Monument that President Bill Clinton created in 2000. The protected area includes coastal bluffs and shelves, onshore sand dunes, tide pools, coastal prairies, riverbanks and the mouth and estuary of the Garcia River. Obama noted that it provides an economic boost to the region through tourism.

Obama’s proclamation bypasses Congress, where many public lands bills have been stalled.

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