Senator Boxer introduces the Beauty Mountain and Agua Tibia Act of 2011
The Wilderness Society today commended Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) for introducing the Beauty Mountain and Agua Tibia Act of 2011. Introduced during the heart of National Wilderness Month and at the beginning of Great Outdoors America Week, the legislation would add 13,635 acres to the Beauty Mountain Wilderness and 7,796 acres to the Agua Tibia Wilderness. Rep. Darrell Issa (R, CA-49) first introduced the House companion of this legislation in December 2009.
The legislation would protect roughly 21,000 acres of exceptional rock formations, steep canyons and chaparral and oak woodlands in San Diego County. This incredible area is enjoyed by thousands of hikers and equestrians who travel the Cutca Trail. Agua Tibia and Beauty Mountain protect critical wildlife habitat and provide an important boost to the thriving outdoor recreation and tourism economy of San Diego County.
“The Beauty Mountain and Agua Tibia Act of 2011 exemplifies all that Great Outdoors America Week and National Wilderness Month symbolize,” said Paul Spitler, national wilderness campaigns associate director at The Wilderness Society. “This bipartisan legislation is in sync with the conservation values held in the Wilderness Act of 1964.” Recreation and tourism is critical to this region and the state. Outdoor recreation supports more than 400,000 jobs and contributes $46 billion annually to California’s economy.
The Wilderness Society will continue to work with people on the ground in California to ensure that this bipartisan legislation becomes law this year.