Huffman Introduces First Bill As Congressman

Assemblymember Jared Huffman

Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) recently introduced his first bill as a Congressman, the California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act of 2013 (H.R. 1411). The bill will add the 1,255-acre Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands on the Mendocino coast to the California Coastal National Monument. “I am proud that the first bill I introduce as a United States Congressman is one that would permanently protect over 1,200 acres of pristine California coastline,” he said. “The Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands are a national treasure, and we must do everything we can to preserve the beauty of the North Coast for our children and grandchildren.” The bill would add 10 miles to the California Coastal Trail and includes the Garcia Estuary and two miles of the Garcia River, a critical habitat for salmon and steelhead. The land contains a habitat for endangered species, including the Point Arena mountain beaver, and the Behren’s Silverspot butterfly. The bill keeps the current recreational, ranching and research uses, and would boost the regional economy with an increase in tourism, the area’s largest employer. Huffman was joined by original cosponsor Congressman Mike Thompson, who previously represented the North Coast. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer have introduced companion legislation in the Senate. “The Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands are a national treasure,” said Thompson. “I am proud to join Jared in co-authoring this important legislation. We need to make sure this wonderful stretch of coastline is preserved for the protection of wildlife and the enjoyment of our children and grandchildren.” Huffman’s bill is supported by the Sierra Club, the Trust for Public Land, Mendocino Land Trust, Redwood Coast Conservancy, and the Conservation Lands Forum, Point Arena Mayor Lloyd Cross, the Manchester-Point Arena Band of Pomos, local business and civic leaders, and the local community.
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