Press Release – Designation of Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument Welcomed
California monument becomes newest addition to the National Conservation Lands
(San Francisco, CA – July 10, 2015) – The Conservation Lands Foundation welcomed the news that President Obama will designate the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument in northern California. The new monument—California’s largest—will add nearly 331,000 acres to the National Conservation Lands
“Berryessa Snow Mountain is one of California’s unique outdoor gems. It offers outdoor recreation, science and education opportunities within easy reach of millions of people who live in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area,” said Sam Goldman, California Director of the Conservation Lands Foundation. “By protecting it as a national monument, President Obama is handing a huge win to people who love the region and to the businesses and local economies that depend on it.”
More than half of California residents participate in outdoor recreation activities each year. Recreation in the Berryessa Snow Mountain region already supports more than 300 jobs, and a recent economic study found that designation as a national monument could generate $26 million for the local economy over five years.
The monument designation announcement comes in response to broad input from state and local government, businesses and diverse recreation groups including a OHV groups, sportsmen, horseback riders and mountain bikers. The designation is also supported by the Elem Indian Colony of Pomo Indians and nearly 80 elected officials from around the region.
“We are ecstatic that President Obama has recognized the importance of protecting these special lands,” said Sara Husby, Executive Director for Tuleyome, the regional conservation organization that spearheaded the protection efforts. “Together with our congressional champions and the many groups, businesses and local elected officials who supported creating Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, we got this done. I am overjoyed.”
Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument includes a range of elevations spread from north to south that makes it an ideal migration corridor for plants and animals forced to move by the warming climate. It includes public land from the Snow Mountain Wilderness in Lake and Mendocino Counties to the waters of Putah Creek downstream of Lake Berryessa, where the creek forms the border between Solano and Napa Counties.
Five California counties—Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Solano and Yolo—have signed resolutions or letters in support of the monument.
The National Conservation Lands are 30 million acres of the most ecologically, culturally and historically significant public lands and waterways managed by the Bureau of Land Management that have joined the ranks of our national parks and wildlife refuges as guardians of our nation’s heritage and drivers of the country’s $646 billion outdoor recreation economy. www.conservationlands.org. In California, these lands include nearly five million acres of public lands and waters including national monuments, national conservation areas, wilderness areas, wild and scenic rivers, and national scenic and historic trails.