Director Crowfoot

Dear Mr. Douros,
During these unprecedented times, the California Natural Resources Agency remains committed to protecting the state’s ocean and marine environment, economy, and historical and cultural artifacts. With this letter, I submit for the record my enthusiastic support to renew the nomination for the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary
(CHNMS).

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CHUMASH SANCTUARY NOMINATION

CHUMASH HERITAGE NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY NOMINATION

Summary

Indigenous Peoples have a unique perspective. When incorporated with science, our perspectives highlight Grandmother Ocean’s life and connectivity in a living matrix of thrivability. The connectivity of life in Grandmother Ocean needs our assistance in understanding ways to support the life force of our Grandmother Ocean, in these times. This is an opportunity, for all communities along our coast to support the most unique and diverse Grandmother Ocean coast, and it is the time for all of us to assist NOAA in the journey to a “one of a kind Marine Sanctuary,” The Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary. Continue reading

Five Year Plan


Document:CHNMS 5-Year Review_Fred Collins_0331_Final.pdf

On May 4, 2020, NOAA published a Federal Register notice to solicit public comments on Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary nomination and its consideration to remain on the inventory of successful nominations for an additional 5 years. NOAA will assess whether conditions that warranted its inclusion in the inventory of nominated sites still apply, including the needs and interests of the local community and the nation. More information can be found at https://nominate.noaa.gov/5-year-review.html.

Letter to NOAA

The Northern Chumash Tribal Council (NCTC) and the Indigenous Communities around the world are working to provide solutions to assist Grandmother Oceans in the ever expanding troubling challenges that we face today. NCTC would like to thank you (Mr. Douros,) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for giving us the indigenous community the opportunity to offer our perspectives for the long life of Grandmother Oceans, current perspectives that make the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary even more important today.

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Feinstein Calls on Commerce Secretary to Accelerate Designation of Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today called on Commerce Secretary Ross to accelerate the designation of the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary in an effort to combat rising carbon levels in the oceans.

“California’s waters are rising in acidity at twice the global average, threatening marine life and contributing to a growing number of costly fishery disasters,” Feinstein wrote to Secretary Ross. “In addition to creating 600 new jobs, designating the proposed ‘Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary’ would protect sacred sites of the Chumash people, major animal migratory routes, and kelp habitat.”

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Now More Than Ever

Come for an afternoon of information and undersea wonders as marine biologists, elected officials and conservation advocates come together to discuss the protections that national marine sanctuary status have brought to treasures of marine habitat and wildlife elsewhere along the California coast, and how it can happen for SLO and Santa Barbara via designation of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary.* Continue reading

NCTC letter

Dear Chairman Sullivan, Ranking Member Peters, and distinguished members of the
Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard.

It is an honor for the Northern Chumash Tribal Council to have present the designation documents for
the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary and to have engaged with the local Indigenous
communities and local communities in an ongoing overwhelming manner in the Central Coast of
California to present the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary that is for all Americans and
inland communities which care deeply about these national treasures.

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Alternative facts

Alternative facts spread to marine sanctuary debate

BY JOHN FITZRANDOLPH

Clones of Kellyanne Conway seem to be popping up right here in San Luis Obispo County.

To wit, Conway is a “counselor” to the recently inaugurated chief executive (Donald Trump), and besides her skills at masterminding political spin, she is the architect of the concept of “alternative facts” — to the uninitiated, these are blatant untruths. Continue reading

SLO Supervisors oppose

Supervisors oppose Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary proposal

BY PETER JOHNSON

Following a contentious hearing that lasted most of the day on Feb. 7, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to oppose the formation of a Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of SLO and Santa Barbara counties. Continue reading