Monument status eyed for former Santa Cruz dairy

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Updated: 12/15/2013 5:24 pm

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — California land preservationists are hoping to have a former dairy farm north of Santa Cruz crowned as a national monument.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that conservations are seeking the designation for Coast Dairies, a 7,000-acre tract of sloping hills dotted with redwood trees and beaches.

The land has been closed to the public for decades, but that is expected to change in the next few months when the Bureau of Land Management takes control of it.

Sam Goldman, California program director for the Conservation Lands Foundation, tells the Sentinel that being declared a monument could bring in more federal dollars for managing the property.

The foundation also is pursuing monument status for another slice of the California coast that once housed a dairy, the 1,100 Stornetta Public Lands in Mendocino County.


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