Proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

Sanctuary Update - April 2022

April 13, 2022

Northern Chumash Tribal Council Chairwoman and Sanctuary Nominator Violet Sage Walker has the honor of presenting at the international Our Ocean 2022 conference in Palau. Her remarks will be streamed LIVE Wednesday April 13 between 6:10 pm and 7:25 pm PDT (9:10 pm - 10:25 pm EDT) on the conference website. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for the specific time Violet goes live! 

Violet already received a special shout out earlier this week from Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry - check it out here!


A few quick updates...

on the sanctuary designation campaign.

The LA City Council voted unanimously yesterday to approve a resolution in support of the Chumash Heritage sanctuary! “We must do all we can to protect these local ecosystems, and we urge the federal government to approve this groundbreaking proposal from the Chumash,” said Councilmmber Mitch O’Farrell who co-authored the resolution, along with Councilmember Paul Koretz. A huge thank you to the LA City Council for supporting our efforts! You can read the full text of the resolution here


San Luis Outdoor Painters for the Environment (SLOPE) is organizing “SLOPE Honors Pristine Coastal Visions” - a showing and sale of inspired paintings dedicated to the coastline with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Northern Chumash Tribal Council and the sanctuary designation campaign. Now through May 30, stop by Art Central Gallery (1329 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo), open Mon-Sat from 10-5 and Sundays from 12-4, to view these beautiful paintings and support the sanctuary effort! 

A big thank you to SLOPE for organizing this wonderful benefit! 


Last week the 30x30CA PowerInNature.org website was launched to support important conservation efforts including the Chumash Heritage sanctuary. The #PowerInNature campaign highlights California’s diverse array of landscapes, and the communities, advocates, and Tribes working to protect the land and their cultures. The site features local voices, interviews, and photography that evoke the spirit of #30x30CA — a community-driven initiative to protect 30% of California’s land and coastal waters by 2030. Please check out PowerInNature.org/Chumash.


Volunteer Opportunity!

The sanctuary designation team will be tabling for Earth Day at Laguna Lake Park in San Luis Obispo on Saturday, April 23 from 11am to 4pm. Please stop by and say hi! We’re also looking for two volunteers to help with set up and take down as well as handing out swag and signing people up for our email list. Interested? Please email gianna@northernchumash.org 

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