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03/13/2014 11:01 AM EDT

Yesterday, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined with hundreds of community members to celebrate President Obama’s designation of the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands as part of the California Coastal National Monument. The President’s action establishes the first shoreline addition to monument, protecting approximately 1,665 acres of public lands.

For the past decade, the Bureau of Land Management has been working with partners, including the Trust for Public Land, the Conservation Lands Foundation, California Natural Resources Agency, California Coastal Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, and many other partners and private land owners to preserve the coastal bluffs and meadows of the Stornetta and Point Arena areas.

With completion of several land acquisitions, the public now has unfettered access to 12 miles of federal and state-managed public lands, from the community of Point Arena north to Manchester State Beach.

Photo: Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management