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Next Public Meeting – March 16th, 7:30 p.m.

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Panel Discussion on Trail Building in Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Santa Cruz Mountain Trail Stewardship (SCMTS, formerly Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz) have begun developing the initial 19 miles of recreational trails in the Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument. Trail-building is underway on both the south and north side of Bonny Doon Road. The 5,800 acre public land was secured as a project of the BLM in 2017, and the BLM has partnered with the local SCMTS group to build a total of 30 miles of multi-use trails. Please join the RBDA for a public meeting on Wednesday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. to learn more about the trail building in Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument and engage with a panel of experts on the unique challenges of managing public activities on this land.  

Matt De Young is the Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Stewardship (SCMTS). SCMTS works to improve and maintain trail access in the Santa Cruz Mountains region. They have designed, funded, built, and maintained trails at Wilder Ranch, Pogonip, Delaveaga, Soquel Demonstration State Forest, The Glenwood Preserve, Fall Creek, Calero County Park, The Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve, and many other parks in the region. Their current focus is on trail construction at Cotoni-Coast Dairies where in partnership with the BLM they are funding and building out the trail network to open the property to public access.

Benjamin Blom is the Field Manager for the Bureau of Land Management Central Coast Office. A native of Massachusetts, Blom began his BLM career in Grand Junction, Colorado, where he served as the planning lead for the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area. Since 2013, Blom has served as manager of the Headwaters Forest Reserve in BLM California’s Arcata Field Office, completed legislative specialist details with the BLM in Washington D.C., and was an assistant field manager and an associate district manager for the BLM in northern California. Blom holds a master’s degree in forestry from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Dr. Grey Hayes is an ecologist and group facilitator working to create a community for Nature in Santa Cruz County. Dr. Hayes has published extensively including peer-reviewed science, in natural history books and magazines, and in online periodicals and blogs. Since 1989, Grey’s group facilitation and organizing work has focused on helping people to better work together to restore natural vitality to California’s landscape for many generations of humans and non-humans, alike. Locally, he strives to increase his and others’ understanding of the ecology of Santa Cruz County’s North Coast and, through that understanding, increase community investment in the restoration of biodiversity.

Lee Thompson is a non-law enforcement Park Ranger for BLM Central Coast Field Office with focus on the Cotoni-Coast Dairies portion of the California Coastal National Monument. 

Adam Wilde is the Outdoor Recreation Planner for the BLM Central Coast Field Office.  


Virtual Meeting Participation

Zoom (zoom.us) is a video conferencing platform that is free to use through either a web browser or application, and audio participation is possible through a dial-up connection on your phone. We selected this platform based on its widespread use and ease of accessibility. For this meeting, we will be utilizing all the available security features, including password-protection and waiting rooms managed by the host.

Access and participation in this meeting:

• Send your e-mail address to meetings@rbda.us to receive the meeting credentials and password. Your email will not be used for any other communication and will not be shared.

• Call into the meeting between 7:10 and 7:20, so that we can begin at 7:30.

Next Public Meeting

Alex Byers –  Assistant District Attorney, Santa Cruz County

 Wednesday, January 12, 7:30 p.m. 

Placement of SVP in Bonny Doon: What Next?

 Please join the RBDA at the January Annual Public Meeting for a discussion with Santa Cruz County Assistant District Attorney Alex Byers about the County’s attempt to overturn the decision of Superior Court Judge Syda Cogliati to place convicted serial rapist Michael Cheek in Bonny Doon. As this Highlander goes to press, we do not know the outcome of the County’s appeal. But we maintain that because of the remoteness of Bonny Doon, the lack of communication infrastructure and services, the slowness of law enforcement response, this is never an appropriate place for violent criminals. Please come learn about the way other communities have organized to prevent placement and what the district attorney’s office can do to prevent more placements in the future. 

Alex Byers: Originally from San Diego I joined the Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office in 2008. Since that time, I have handled a variety of cases including homicides, gang violence, and general misdemeanor and general felony case loads. Currently, I am assigned to both the Vehicular Homicide Unit, which includes the investigation and prosecution of vehicle code offenses that have resulted in death or serious bodily injury and the Mental Health Unit which includes cases involving the criminally insane, mentally disordered offenders, developmentally disabled offenders, and sexually violent predators. I am also the District Attorney’s representative to the Santa Cruz County Behavioral Health Court, a collaborative review court focusing on mentally ill offenders, and Reentry Court, another collaborative court tasked with assisting parolees reintegrate into society.

Prior to the District Attorney’s Office, I was employed as a Deputy Public Defender for the County of Kern where I defended indigent defendants. I have a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara (1997) and a Juris Doctorate from the Santa Clara University (2001). I am a resident of Santa Cruz County and have lived here for over a decade with my family in Aptos.


Details on How to Participate in the Virtual Public Meeting

Zoom (zoom.us) is a video conferencing platform that is free to use through either a web browser or application, and audio participation is possible through a dial-up connection on your phone. We selected this platform based on its widespread use and ease of accessibility. For this meeting, we will be utilizing all the available security features, including password-protection and waiting rooms managed by the host. 

Access and participation in this meeting: 

•Send your e-mail address to meetings@rbda.us to receive the meeting credentials and password. Your email will not be used for any other communication and will not be shared.

•Call into the meeting between 7:10 and 7:20, so that we can begin at 7:30.