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

Arcata Expands Plastic Bag Ban

Arcata— A unanimous City Council voted tonight to ban plastic bags in Arcata’s grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, and retail stores. This vote expands on an ordinance originally adopted by the Council in September. Once approved in a second reading per the city’s legislative procedure, the ban will take effect in six months. To date, 88 California cities and counties have committed to phasing out bags, only 12 away from 100.

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News Release | Environment California

Davis Becomes 88th City to Ban Plastic Bags

Davis— The City Council fully enacted a citywide ban on single-use plastic bags in a unanimous consent vote. The ban, initially approved on October 8, 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 Davis starting July 1, 2014. With Davis, 88 California cities and counties have banned now plastic 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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News Release | Environment California

Martinez plastic bag ban moves forward

Martinez— The City Council has officially entered the race to reach 100 plastic bag bans, voting unanimously to pursue a phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags. Next, city staff will draft an ordinance and complete environmental studies, putting Martinez on track to phase out plastic bags in 2014. To date, 87 California cities and counties have banned plastic bags, only 13 away from 100. One in three Californians now live somewhere with a plastic bag ban.

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News Release | Environment California

Secretary Sally Jewell Makes Commitment to Conservation

Washington - Today, Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell gave a speech on conservation at the National Press Club. The following is a statement from Nathan Weaver, Environment California’s Preservation Advocate.

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Plastic Bag Bans Win in Supreme Court Yet Again

San Francisco – The California Supreme Court has denied review of a plastics industry legal challenge to Marin County’s plastic bag ban, allowing the ordinance to stand. The lawsuit, brought by the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition, an unincorporated association, had challenged the county’s 2011 plastic bag ban under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Lower courts had already unanimously rejected the industry group’s lawsuit.

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