Robert V. Abbey
Bureau of Land Management
Department of the Interior
House Natural Resources Committee
Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and
October 1, 2009
Thank you for inviting the Department of the Interior to testify on H.R. 86, which would add certain rocks and small islands along the coast of Orange County, California, to the California Coastal National Monument managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).The BLM supports H.R. 86.
"all unappropriated or unreserved lands and interest in lands owned or controlled by the
Covering more than 20,000 rocks and small islands spread along 1,100 miles of the
Some particularly significant public rocks and islands off the coast of Orange County in the Laguna Beach area provide important habitat for a wide variety of upper rocky intertidal species, as well as various shorebird species.Additionally, four rock locations – Bird Rock and Two Rocks off the City of
In the process of working with local communities on planning for the
The Laguna Ocean Foundation has led a community-wide effort to include these significant areas within the
H.R. 86 would eliminate the existing withdrawals on these public lands off the coast of
The BLM supports the revocation of the old withdrawals and the inclusion of these rocks, islands, and exposed reefs within the Monument.
The BLM has been working with partners along the 1,100 mile
Thank you for the opportunity to testify in support of H.R. 86.We look forward to passage of this legislation which would place these significant features off the coast of