Coastwalk’s CCTA Moves Coastal Trail Forward

All 15 coastal county governments have joined Coastwalk’s new California Coastal Trail Association (CCTA) program.  The CCTA will provide a forum for city and county governments to collaborate with State and federal agencies in the quest to complete, maintain and promote the California Coastal Trail (CCT).  “Since the CCT is owned by over 100 individual jurisdictions it is essential that there is an organization to facilitate collaboration and communications between these stakeholders,” said Una Glass, Executive Director of Coastwalk/the CCTA.  “The CCTA will provide a forum where all stakeholders are working together to guide the CCT’s future.  This includes government, NGOs and, most important, the public”.  Coastwalk is now working to recruit more coastal cities into the organization.

Coastwalk/CCTA Executive Director, Una Glass, recently met with State transportation leaders in Sacramento.  Brian Annis, Undersecretary of the California State Transportation Agency, Kome Ajise, Chief Deputy Director of Catrans and other State transportation leaders met with Glass in Sacramento to discuss Caltrans strategic goal of significantly increasing bicycle use and pedestrian opportunities.  The group plans to hold ongoing meetings to ensure that the CCT becomes a regular part of Caltrans’ planning process.  “Having Caltrans on board with the trails, and in particular with the CCT, is huge”, said Una Glass.  “Caltrans commitment to pedestrian infrastructure and bicycles will make a tremendous difference in outcomes.  I look forward to working with State Transportation officials as we look for ways to partner and collaborate on the CCT”.

Should You Pay For a Day At Sonoma Beaches

Should You Pay For a Day At Sonoma Beaches

Should You Pay For a Day at Sonoma’s Beaches???

Attend the Hearing … Make Your Voice Heard!

State Parks wants to charge $8.00 for a day at the beach on our Sonoma Coast!

Sign the Petition!

They propose to install parking pay stations at beaches along 37 miles of our Coastline. Sonoma County’s Board of Supervisors UNANIMOUSLY said NO to their proposal. Now State Parks is appealing to the California Coastal Commission, in a move to undercut our local government’s control, and could force our County to accept these pay stations.

What would Bill Kortum say! Bill, who founded Coastwalk, and who lead the fight back in the 1970’s to keep our beaches free and open to all, would just say NO! The Coastal movement to keep our beaches free and open to the public started here in Sonoma County. This movement resulted in the passage of the Coastal Initiative in 1972 that guarantees access to OUR coastline. Bill would say, our beaches are public property and we already pay taxes to support that property!

The hearing before the Coastal Commission this coming Wednesday April 15th, is a “procedural” hearing. The Commissioners will be considering whether there is a reason for them to take control of State Parks application for these devices or whether the decision making on this issue should stay with Sonoma County’s Board of Supervisors. For more details about this hearing and the legal issues it will be addressing, see the “Details” section below.

You have a chance to let the Coastal Commission know what you think. Join members of Coastwalk, Surfrider, Sonoma County Conservation Action, the Northbay Organizing Project and others …

This Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 10 AM
California Coastal Commission Hearing
at the Marin County Board of Supervisors Chambers
3501 Civic Center Drive, Suite 329
San Rafael, CA 94903

If you would like to carpool, please send a message to info@coastwalk.org with your name, city, and phone number.
The State Parks Issue is #17 on the Agenda so we do not know what time it will be heard. You may have to wait for quite a while until the Commission gets to our item. Be prepared to stay most of the day. This is IMPORTANT and will affect our community’s access to our beaches permanently so PLEASE come and be heard!

DETAILS CCC-PAY STATION HEARING

 

Coastwalk volunteers recognized by the Sonoma County Environmental Center

Coastwalk volunteers recognized by the Sonoma County Environmental Center

On Sunday, March 15th, 2015, the Sonoma County Environmental Center awarded Kimberly Burr and Larry Hanson “Volunteer of the year”. They have helped with Coastwalk for the last ten years, as Chuckwagon wrangler, Day hike leader, and Hostess. including Del Norte in 2013, Mendonoma, and the Classic Mendocino Walks. Their early commitment help me to put together some Great Walks. Now they will be helping us to build 2.2 miles of new trail this August in Usal as Crew Leaders and Hostess. They really got their award for their work with Forest Unlimited, River Watch and the Greenwood Creek habitat restoration project. Larry reads every timber harvest plan submitted to Cal Fire and has gotten some cancelled and some reworked. Kimberly is an environmental Lawyer, sits on a local water board and is very active with the State water Board. She just won a judgement in Oakland court protecting a local Geologist licence. Both are Great examples of the kind of local environmental leadership we see on Coastwalks.

Custom Walk uses NPS sites in Marin

Custom Walk uses NPS sites in Marin

This May, Coastwalk volunteers will take four young hikers from Richmond, Virginia on a custom, 6-day/5-night Coastwalk from downtown San Francisco, along the Marin Headlands, up Mt.Tam and down to camp their final night at Steep Ravine. This new route, currently being prehiked by our volunteers, stops at Bicentennial and Haypress campgrounds, NPS sites little used by Coastwalk in recent years. (more…)

We want to thank you, again!

We want to thank you, again!

After the great success of last falls Volunteer Appreciation Campout we want to host another one! Stephanie and I had such a great time, meeting new volunteers, hearing stories about walks and what brings volunteers back to Coastwalk year after year. We are still deciding on the site but follow the link to help choose a date that works for you! (more…)