Point Arena - Stornetta Public Lands
Over eleven hundred acres located along the Mendocino County coastline just north of the town of Point Arena has been set aside as public land. The "Stornetta Public Lands" include over two miles of coastline, the estuary of the Garcia River and adjacent beach, and a small island accessible during low tide. Historic Point Arena Lighthouse is just to the west and Manchester State Park is just beyond the lighthouse. Offshore the small island cluster, "Sea Lion Rocks," is expected to become a portion of the California Coastal National Monument system in the near future.
The property contains significant natural resources, including important wildlife habitat, several riparian corridors, extensive wetlands, ponds and other water sources, cypress groves, meadows and sand dunes. The Garcia River is prime Coho and Chinook salmon habitat, and is a key recovery area in recent Endangered Species Act listings. Migratory waterfowl, shore birds, raptors, and several special status species may be found on the property.