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.

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News Release | Environment California

President Obama Poised to Expand California Coastal Monument

Washington –President Barack Obama is poised to permanently protect California’s Stornetta Public Lands as part of the California Coastal National Monument. The move, expected Tuesday, will save 1,600 acres of beach, wetlands, dunes, and waterways along Northern California’s scenic coastline.

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News Release | Environment California

San Rafael Passes California’s 100th Plastic Bag Ban

San Rafael—The City Council voted unanimously tonight to ban single-use plastic shopping bags citywide. San Rafael is the 100th California community to ban plastic bags. Nearly 1 in 3 Californians, 12.3 million in all, now live somewhere with a plastic bag ban.

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Statement on Joint Plastic Bag Ban Bill

Sacramento— Senator Alex Padilla,Senator Kevin de León, and Senator Ricardo Lara have announced a new, joint bill to phase out single-use plastic bags in California. Nathan Weaver, Oceans Advocate with Environment California, issued the following statement:

“Plastic bags are an environmental blight and a threat to wildlife. The success of 90 local plastic bag bans from Arcata to Solana Beach proves that this policy works to protect the environment. I applaud efforts by Senator Padilla, Senator de León, Senator Lara and other leaders to do the right thing for our environment by phasing out single-use plastic bags. I look forward to working with the Senators to ensure the success of this policy."

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Golden Gate National Recreation Area and California’s National Parks are Underfunded, Under Threat

As Congress approaches another deadline on the federal budget, a new Environment California Research & Policy Center analysis entitled Death by a Thousand Cuts exposes the challenges facing California’s National Parks as a result of mounting funding cuts to the National Park Service.

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Court of Appeal grants Environment California’s motion, upholds plastic bag ban

San Francisco – The California Court of Appeal has definitely affirmed California’s cities’ right to protect the environment by banning single-use plastic bags. The Court today agreed to publish its unanimously decision to uphold San Francisco’s plastic bag ban in a December 10 decision, creating a legal precedent on which other cities may rely. Today’s ruling sets the stage for more cities to adopt local laws phasing out plastic bags, and to strengthen their existing laws by expanding them to include restaurants.

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