Press Release – Rep. Cook’s Effort to Protect Alabama Hills Applauded
The Conservation Lands Foundation praised U.S. Representative Paul Cook’s introduction of a bill to permanently protect the Alabama Hills, located at the doorstep of the Eastern Sierra, and add this unique area to our National Conservation Lands.
“We are appreciative of Congressman Cook’s efforts to balance the competing demands of different stakeholders who cherish and use the Alabama Hills in crafting his legislation,” said Sam Goldman, California State Director with the Conservation Lands Foundation. “We look forward to continuing to work with Congressman Cook and local stakeholders to ensure that the Alabama Hills receive the protection and recognition they deserve.”
The Alabama Hills in California’s Inyo County are one of America’s most familiar, yet unprotected landscapes. The dramatic and scenic Alabama Hills have a remarkable history, from early Native American sites to more than 400 feature-length Hollywood movies that have been filmed in this iconic high desert landscape since 1920.
Today the Alabama Hills draw visitors from near and far for hiking, climbing, photography, camping and appropriate motorized recreation. Together with their local partner the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group, the BLM manages the area to balance high public visitation with conservation of the area’s unique values.
The Alabama Hills National Scenic Area proposal was developed by Inyo County residents and users of the Alabama Hills through a robust and inclusive campaign to ensure the values of the Alabama Hills are conserved for future generations.
If Congressman Cook’s legislation passes, Alabama Hills will become part of America’s National Conservation Lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. These special places throughout the West preserve our nation’s pioneering spirit by preserving open space and wildlife habitat while also ensuring access for hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation.
In California, the National Conservation Lands includes nearly five million acres including national monuments, national conservation areas, wilderness areas, wild and scenic rivers and national scenic and historic trails.