Proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary


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August 24, 2023
Biden-Harris Administration proposes new Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary off California coast

NOAA seeks public comment on Chumash Heritage sanctuary draft proposal, which if designated would be nation's 16th national marine sanctuary

August 24, 2023
El Consejo Tribal Chumash del Norte celebra la publicación de los documentos preliminares propuestos para el Santuario Marino Nacional del Patrimonio Chumash: período de comentarios públicos de 60 días abierto hasta el 25 de octubre de 2023

San Luis Obispo, CA – El viernes pasado, 25 de agosto, comenzó la última oportunidad para que el público opine sobre la propuesta de Santuario Marino Nacional del Patrimonio Chumash de la costa central de California. Durante los próximos 60 días, la Administración Nacional Oceánica y Atmosférica (NOAA )aceptará comentarios públicos sobre el borrador del plan de gestión del santuario propuesto y Declaración de Impacto Ambiental, la cual determinará los límites finales, actividades permitidas y reglamentos generales del santuario marino.

August 24, 2023
Northern Chumash Tribal Council Celebrates Release of Proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary Draft Documents - 60 Day Public Comment Period Open Until October 25, 2023

San Luis Obispo, CA – Tomorrow begins the final opportunity for the public to weigh in on the California Central Coast’s proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary. For the next 60 days, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will accept public comments on the proposed sanctuary's draft management plan and Environmental Impact Statement, which […]

August 18, 2023
New SLO County mural shows Chumash tribal history — and proposed marine sanctuary

A dramatic new mural depicting Chumash tribal history and the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary is brightening up a corner of San Luis Obispo County.

The vivid artwork by Chumash artist John Khus covers a large outdoor wall on the U.S. Postal Service building at 4100 Bridge St., in Cambria, near Center Street.

August 18, 2023
The Country’s Newest Marine Sanctuary Could Be Co-Managed by the Chumash People

Travelers flock to California’s Central Coast to kayak, camp, surf, fish, walk on the beach and otherwise take advantage of the area’s rugged natural beauty. But, since time immemorial, the Chumash people have called this region home. The Central Coast encompasses numerous sacred sites, where the Chumash still go to hold ceremonies and pray.

August 10, 2023
After decades, a tribe's vision for a new marine sanctuary could be coming true

For more than decade, members of the Chumash tribe have led a campaign to create a new marine sanctuary on the central California coast. It could include waters off Point Conception, a sacred site for the Chumash people.

August 4, 2023
Local Chumash Chairwoman appointed to Federal Ocean Research Advisory Panel

Violet Sage Walker, Chairwoman of the Northern Chumash Tribal Council and nominator of the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary, was one of only 18 members appointed to the federal Ocean Research Advisory Panel (ORAP).

July 31, 2023
Sanctuary Update - July 2023

Stay tuned: We anticipate the final and defining public comment period for the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary will be coming very soon.

The date is to be determined by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

July 29, 2023
Tribe fights to preserve California coastline — and its own culture

PRESS RELEASE AVILA BEACH/TPAXTU, Calif. — When Violet Sage Walker stares out at the calm waters butting against the shoreline of her hometown, she sees what was once the largest northern village of the Chumash people, who fished from traditional canoes in the open water, viewed sea creatures as their ancestors and believed in a […]

July 28, 2023
Chumash Tribe Champions National Marine Sanctuary

John Dankosky talks with Stephen Palumbi, professor of marine sciences at Stanford University and Violet Sage Walker, chairwoman of the Northern Chumash Tribal Council, about the importance of this region and their collaborative research project.

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