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Completing the California Coastal Trail

 Articles here address how the coastal environmental movement got started and what has been gained,and how the idea of a coastal trail got entwined with this movement and what still needs to be done to complete a coastal trail.  And if you think that you might join in this effort, there is a need for advocates, trail builders, hike leaders, fund raisers, and more.
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If you Enjoy the Coast, Help Fight to Protect It! by Michael Fischer

How It All Got Started by Bill Kortum

Completing the California Coastal Trail - The SB 908 Report

Life's a Breach by Jennifer Price

In Law We Trust -- Can environmental legislation protect the commons now? by Mark Dowie

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One can make their way along the entire California coast finding trails through state,Ulysse Nardin Replica Watches national and local parks, walking the sand or cobbles on beaches, and traipsing sidewalks or going along gingerly at the edge of rural roads and urban highways.  In some instances the way is blocked by private property or government facilities; in others it is blocked by water.  In some cases, one must go far inland.  But it can be done. 

Coastwalk has mapped this route and described it in two volumes: Hiking the California Coastal Trail (Lorentzen and Nichols).  A similar route has been laid out by the Coastal Conservancy in consultation with local constituencies, the Coastal Commission, State Parks and Coastwalk.  Of these routes, about two-thirds is a satisfactory walking trail, which needs only to be signed and celebrated. 

But finishing the trail will be a big job.  Signage for such a long and complex trail itself is challenging. More challenging will be to get all of the different jurisdictions, cities, counties, parks, etc., working together on deciding on a specific continuous alignment, setting standards, and getting the trail actually completed.  Finding routes through or around the gaps will take time, negotiations and money for acquisition.  Factoring in the need that the trail system will have to accommodate not only walkers but as well others using all sorts of non-motorized transportation, will mean that it will take great commitment of many persons inside and outside of government before we can say the trail has been completed. 

Fortunately, there is a plan and a mandate to complete the trail.  A resolution, ACR20, passed by the State legislature in 2000, declared that the CCT is an official state trail. 

The trail got Federal recognition that year too when responding to Governor Davis’ nomination, the CCT was declared a Millennium Heritage Trail by President Clinton.  Most importantly, in 2001, the Senate passed legislation, SB908, that directed the State Coastal Conservancy, aided by other State agencies, to determine what was needed to complete the CCT.  The SB908 report is now awaiting the Governor’s signature; portions of the completed draft can be found here.

Creation of a continuous coastal trail was originally proposed as part of visionary legislation passed by California voters and the state legislature in the 1970s that additionally created State agencies to both nurture and protect the fragile and beautiful coastal environment and guarantee public access to the shoreline.  That the trail is well underway to completion and that its completion has gained renewed impetus through recent legislation, is most encouraging. 

If you Enjoy the Coast, Help Fight to Protect It!  by Michael Fischer

How It All Got Started  by Bill Kortum

What Still Needs to be Done - The SB 908 Report

Life's a Breach by Jennifer Price

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