I went to a celebration for the conveyance of Sand Hill Bluff and the coastal side of the Coast Dairies properties to California State Parks
I am very glad that I attended since there were a lot of land managers - which was a little unexpected for me. It was a great opportunity to meet and casually talk to these people who I have only communicated via phone and email.
Joe Connors Supervising Ranger of Wilder Ranch (and now Coast Dairies) and Kirk Lingenfelter, Sector Superintendent (Coast Sector).
Dave Vincent interviewed by the media
Reed Holderman - TPL. Reed was hosting the presentation portion and this was an opportunity to thank all the people who worked hard over the past 9 years to protect this land.
Neal Coonerty - Third District Supervisor
Rick Cooper - Field Manager of BLM. The 5,700 acres of the inland portion of Coast Dairies may be conveyed to BLM later this year.
Ruth Coleman - Director of California State Parks. I heard her on KQED's Forum program last week.
Mark Hylkema - SP archaeologist. He gave a very interesting and illuminating presentation about the history of the Ohlone Indians and Sand Hill Bluff: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=24203. He's also a mountain biker!
Some of the shells of the midden. These are the leftovers of the Ohlone diet for over 1000 years. According to Mark, this is an archaeological treasure.
Walking to Laguna Beach. It was a cold day and I was wearing shorts.
The acquisition of this land represents another 5 miles of protected coastline. If you include Coast Dairies then 13 miles of coastline are now belong to the public.
Chris Sporer - District Ecologist SP. Gave a talk on the Laguna Beach restoration.
The Laguna Beach at is beautiful and open to the public.
The acquisition of this land represents another 5 miles of protected coastline. If you include Coast Dairies then 13 miles of coastline are now belong to the public. I'd like to thank all the land managers, politicians and the public who worked so hard to make this happen. This public land is a legacy for future generations.