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

Ventura plastic bag ban moves ahead

Ventura—The Ventura City Council voted tonight to draft a citywide ban on single-use plastic bags. City staff will develop an ordinance, based on a region-wide model, and return for a final vote as early as this fall. To date, 90 California local governments have already banned plastic bags, only 10 away from 100.

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In Latest Victory, Court of Appeal Upholds San Francisco Plastic Bag Ban

San Francisco – A unanimous California Court of Appeal upheld San Francisco’s expanded plastic bag ban, marking the latest in a string of victories for local laws phasing out single-use plastic bags. The lawsuit, brought by the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition, had disputed the procedures San Francisco used to expand its plastic bag ban in 2012 and the legality of banning plastic bags in restaurants. This is the first appellate court to consider the restaurant issue. Today’s ruling sets the stage for more cities to adopt and strengthen local laws phasing out plastic bags.

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News Release | Environment California

Online Campaign Asks President Obama: What Would Teddy Do?

Sacramento — Today, Environment California launched an online campaign calling on President Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to continue President Teddy Roosevelt’s vision of protecting California’s public lands by asking, “what would Teddy do?”

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Truckee Becomes 89th City to Ban Plastic Bags

Truckee— The Town Council fully enacted a citywide ban on single-use plastic bags in a unanimous consent vote. The ban, initially approved on November 18, had to be confirmed at a second reading to take effect per the city’s standard legislative procedure. Plastic shopping bags will be phased out in Truckee starting June 1, 2014. With Truckee, 89 California cities and counties have banned now plastic bags, only 11 away from 100. One in three Californians live somewhere with a plastic bag ban in effect or coming into effect.

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Encinitas to Pursue Plastic Bag Ban

Encinitas— The City Council voted tonight to pursue a ban on single-use plastic bags citywide. This vote clears the way for staff to draft an ordinance that’s right for Encinitas, putting the city on track to phase out plastic bags sometime next year. To date, 88 California cities and counties have committed to phasing out bags, only 12 away from 100. One in three Californians live somewhere with a plastic bag ban in effect or coming into effect.

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