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C Mt( <br /> OR IGttr•JA‘, <br /> BLM MOU No. CA-939-09- <br /> MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING <br /> Between <br /> BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT <br /> Department of the Interior <br /> And <br /> CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES <br /> Regarding the <br /> CALIFORNIA COASTAL NATIONAL MONUMENT <br /> I. PARTIES <br /> This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is entered into by and between the United States <br /> Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the City of Rancho Palos <br /> Verdes. <br /> II. PURPOSE <br /> The purpose of this MOU is to formalize a collaborative partnership between the BLM and the <br /> City of Rancho Palos Verdes in a mutually beneficial undertaking to assist with the preservation <br /> and stewardship of the California Coastal National Monument (CCNM) and advance the <br /> understanding and protection of California's coastal and ocean resources. <br /> III. BACKGROUND <br /> A. California Coastal National Monument— Established by Presidential Proclamation on <br /> January 11, 2000 (Hereinafter referred to as the "Proclamation"), the California Coastal <br /> National Monument consists of"all unappropriated or unreserved lands and interest in <br /> lands owned or controlled by the United States in the form of islands, rocks, exposed <br /> reefs, and pinnacles above mean high tide within 12 nautical miles of the shoreline of the <br /> State of California." The CCNM was nationally recognized in the Proclamation as a <br /> biological and geological treasure, rich in biodiversity, and providing essential habitat for <br /> many species of scientific interest. The CCNM designation mandates the protection of <br /> historic and scientific objects, particularly geologic formations and the habitat that they <br /> provide for plants and animals that normally inhabit the area of the CCNM, and the <br /> designation limits management discretion that the Federal managers otherwise have. <br /> The Secretary of the Interior manages the CCNM through the BLM and under the BLM's <br /> existing authorities, subject to the overriding purpose of protecting the objects described <br /> in the Proclamation. <br /> B. Core-Managing Partners—Through a separate MOU that went into effect on May 4, <br /> 2000, the BLM agreed to collaborate with the California Department of Fish and Game <br /> (DFG) and the California Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks) in the <br /> management of the CCNM. This collaborative management effort between the three <br /> agencies includes (1) use-authorization related to the CCNM, (2) preservation of the <br /> objects of historic and scientific interest outlined in the Proclamation, (3) mapping and <br /> 1 <br />