Santa Cruz Redwoods Nat'l Monument Campaign Kickoff


Thu, 02/12/2015 - 18:00

Coast Dairies, north of Santa Cruz between Wilder Ranch and Davenport, consists of 5800 spectacular acres of grasslands, terraces and Santa Cruz Mountain redwoods. A group of conservationists, including Sempervirens Fund, the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, Save the Redwoods, Peninsula Open Space Trust and The Nature Conservancy, are asking President Obama this year to make it a national monument.

Join these groups, along with former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, in a campaign kickoff event at Kaiser Permanente Arena on Feb. 12.

Here's what's on tap for the evening:

—Val Lopez, Chairman of the Amah-Mutsun Tribal Band, will provide a "Blessing from the Creator," a Native American blessing of the land, and the people who use it. The Amah-Mutsun Tribal Band endorsed the Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument campaign.

— More than 100 school kids, from Gault, DeLaveaga, Westlake and Bayview schools, will open the meeting singing Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land."

— Rep. Anna Eshoo has provided us with a brief video offering her support and endorsement. The Congresswoman is introducing legislation in support of the Monument designation.

— California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird will bring a special message in support of the Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument.

— Former Secretary of the Interior, Bruce Babbitt will keynote the event. Under President Clinton, Babbitt changed the focus of the BLM and Dept. of Interior to concentrate more on land preservation and resource stewardship. President Clinton and Secretary Babbitt created 22 new National Monuments during the Clinton Administration.

— Q&A. A panel will respond to questions from the audience. Included on the panel are: Rick Cooper, BLM Field Manager; Dan Haifley, chairman of the campaign Citizens Campaign Committee; Jane Parker, Member of the Monterey County Board of Supervisors and Scott Schnieder, CEO of Visit Mendocino. Both Parker and Schnieder worked to help create the newly designed Fort Ord and Stornetta/Point Arena national monuments.

Seating's limited, so save your spot! RSVP here.

Got a question for the panel? Submit it here.

Kaiser Permanente Arena, 140 Front St, Santa Cruz. 6-8pm. Free, but RSVP requested.