We've protected another 1,600 acres of coastline

The California Coastal National Monument extends along our state’s full 11,000 mile coastline, permanently protecting more than 20,000 rocks, islands, and exposed reefs for 12 miles off the coast. When the monument was created 14 years ago it was envisioned as a way to protect beautiful places along the coast by expanding inland. Then, we worked with our members and allies to fulfill the vision of expanding the California Coastal National Monument to include the Stornetta Public Lands.

The Stornetta Public Lands are the perfect place to hike, explore, and soak in the rugged beauty of Northern California. Located just 100 miles north of San Francisco near Point Arena, Stornetta offers over 1,600 acres of wetlands, trails, and beaches. It is a destination for wildlife lovers and a safe haven for rare animals.

President Obama recently heeded our call to expand California’s network of protected coastline by adding Stornetta to the California Coastal National Monument. He heard from us, and knew it was a priority. We built support along the coast and throughout California by generating media attention and asking tens of thousands of people to add their names to our letter to President Obama.

Together, we protected the Stornetta Public Lands

Together, we're permanently protecting this treasure for future generations to enjoy. Our members and allies made it all possible.

Issue updates

News Release | Environment California

Statewide plastic bag ban moves forward

Sacramento – California is a step closer to banning single-use plastic bags statewide. The Assembly Natural Resources Committee voted this morning to approve SB 270, moving the legislation closer to a final vote on the Assembly floor later this session. Introduced by Senator Alex Padilla, Kevin de León, and Ricardo Lara, SB 270 will ban single-use plastic bags in grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, and food marts.

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Legislators Thank Governor for Marine Protected Area Leadership

Sacramento – As California families begin to plan summer trips to the beach, 29 California legislators released a letter thanking Governor Brown for his leadership to conserve California’s Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Nathan Weaver, Oceans Advocate with Environment California, issued the following statement:

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News Release | Environment California

Plastic bag manufacturer rallies against plastic bag ban

Sacramento — Joined by their lobbyists and allies, a score of representatives from a California plastic bag manufacturer rallied on the Capitol steps to oppose a statewide plastic bag ban. Despite this industry opposition, the bill, SB 270 (Padilla, de León, and Lara), has won the support of numerous environmental organizations, the California Grocers Association, the California Retailers Association, labor, reusable bag manufacturers, the City of Los Angeles, and communities around California. Nathan Weaver, Oceans Advocate with Environment California issued a response to the plastics industry event.

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News Release | Environment California

Over 200 State Legislators Call on President Obama for Continued Action to Protect America’s Public Lands

Washington, DC -- In anticipation of National Parks Week coming up next week, 28 state legislators from California released a letter today thanking President Obama for protecting public lands here in California. They join more than 200 state legislators from around the country calling on President Obama to continue to fulfill his State of the Union promise and use his authority to protect America’s public lands.

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News Release | Environment California

President Obama Expands California Coastal Monument

Washington –President Barack Obama has expanded the California Coastal National Monument, permanently protecting California’s Stornetta Public Lands. The monument expansion will save over 1,600 acres of beach, wetlands, dunes, and waterways along northern California’s scenic coastline. Local and statewide environmental groups applauded the president for his commitment to conservation.

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