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Big Sur Coastal Ecosystem Plan

Presently, there are several local, state and federal agencies producing new or revised management plans affecting the Big Sur Coast. Public groups and individuals have raised a concern that all these agencies will develop separate plans for pieces of the Big Sur coastal ecosystem, rather than a single plan that identifies the related roles and interconnectedness among agencies and components of the ecosystem. MBNMS will work to identify a framework for a comprehensive multi-agency “Big Sur Coastal Ecosystem Action Plan”, integrating resource protection, education and outreach, and research and monitoring activities specifically for the Big Sur Area. Overlapping jurisdictions, different agency mandates and limited resources necessitate the development of a relationship bringing together multiple agencies for the common purpose of ecosystem management. The long-term goal will be one ecosystem plan, identifying all agency responsibilities and programs with identified areas of common management mandates and opportunities for coordination.

Outcomes and Products:
Representatives from the appropriate agencies will develop a framework by which this plan can be developed after adoption and implementation of the management plan. Specific components of the plan should identify opportunities and strategies for multi-agency resource management coordination including:

  • Opportunities and strategies for coordinated coastal and marine resource education, research and monitoring programs.
  • Strategies to develop and implement a discrete Emergency Response Plan (addressing hazardous spills, vessel groundings, etc.) for the Big Sur Coast
  • Strategies to coordinate agency enforcement efforts
  • Strategies to address watershed level resource protection, research, and monitoring.
  • A program to address marine resource concerns related to Caltrans landslide disposal where deposition of material from landslides along the Sanctuary’s steep coastline can bury intertidal and subtidal habitat.

Draft Action Plan
  See the Proposed Action Plans
Working Group Roles and Responsibilities
  Roles and Responsibilities (pdf 24K)
  Consensus Based Decision Making (pdf 24K)
Meeting Preparation
  Meeting 3 Agenda (pdf 80K)
Specific Planning Efforts Underway (external links)
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BLM - California Coastal National Monument
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California Coastal Commission - Periodic Review
Cal State Parks Logo
California State Parks - Point Sur Historic Park General Plan
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CalTrans Big Sur Coast Highway Management Plan
Monterey County Logo
Monterey County General Plan Update
USFS Los Padres Forest Plan
Additional Information
  JMPR Documents

Working Group Participants:
~Working Group Contact~
Name Affiliation Email Phone
Sean Morton MBNMS 831-647-4217
~Sanctuary Advisory Council Members (SAC) & Other Stakeholders ~
Name Affiliation
~Sanctuary Staff ~
Name Affiliation Email Phone
Michele Roest MBNMS 805-927-2145
Dave Lott NMSP 831-647-4227

Working Group Timeline:
Start: March, 2002
Date Time Location Documents
March 10 1-4pm MBNMS Main Office Meeting 1 Agenda (pdf 20K)
April 2 11am-3pm MBNMS Main Office

Meeting 2 Agenda (pdf 80K)

May 8 1-5pm Carmel Highlands Community Meeting Room Meeting 3 Agenda (pdf 80K)
Complete: May, 2003
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