From southern California’s sandy beaches to the majestic cliffs of Big Sur and the redwood forests in the north, the California coast is one of the most magnificent natural treasures in our nation.
It’s no wonder that it attracts more than 12 million visitors per year — to surf, swim, and dive in the Pacific Ocean; to explore rich tide pools; to hike and bike along unparalleled coastal trails. For many visitors, the coast is their most important connection with nature. It's also home to more than 100 endangered and threatened plants and animals, including the southern sea otter and western snowy plover.
The Sierra Club is working to:
- Permanently protect California’s central coast from oil drilling and other threats through designation as a National Marine Sanctuary.
- Enact statewide policies that would shift the risk for development in vulnerable coastal areas onto those who are profiting from it.