Senator Barbara Boxer (D, CA) today introduced legislation which would protect over 300,000 acres of public land in the Northern Inner Coast Range, just a short drive from the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento. The legislation is the Senate companion to Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area Act (H.R. 5545) introduced by Congressman Mike Thompson (D, CA-1), and co-sponsored by Reps. John Garamendi (D, CA-10), Lynn Woolsey (D, CA-6) and George Miller (D, CA-7).
The Wilderness Society issued the following statement from Paul Spitler, director of Wilderness policy at The Wilderness Society:
“Protecting Berryessa Snow Mountain is a win for California’s land, water, people and economy. These wonderful lands not only provide habitat for an incredible array of wildlife, but also offer outstanding outdoor recreation activities, ranging from hiking and boating to hunting and horseback riding. Outdoor recreation in Berryessa is the source of sustainable jobs that keep the surrounding communities thriving. We applaud Senator Boxer for working with the local community, businesses and sportsmen to protect these wonderful lands for future generations. The Wilderness Society urges the permanent protection of Berryessa Snow Mountain this Congress.”
To learn more about Berryessa Snow Mountain, please visit: http://wilderness.org/article/berryessa-snow-mountain-campaign