Statement from The Wilderness Society: Praise for Rep. Thompson's Bill to Protect Berryessa Snow Mountain

May 8, 2012

Representative Mike Thompson (D, CA-1) today introduced the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area Act with co-sponsors Representatives John Garamendi (D, CA-10) and Lynn Woolsey (D, CA-6) which would protect more than 300,000 acres of public land in the coastal range just a short drive from the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento.

Statement from Paul Spitler, senior regional conservation representative at The Wilderness Society:

“Protecting Berryessa Snow Mountain is a homerun for California’s land, water, people and economy. The region is rich in natural wonders and chock full of outdoor recreation activities, ranging from hiking and boating to hunting and horseback riding. These activities are the source of long-lasting sustainable tourism and recreation jobs that keep the area thriving.  We applaud Rep. Mike Thompson – and bill cosponsors Representatives John Garamendi and Lynn Woolsey – for working with the local community, businesses and elected officials to protect these wonderful lands. Future generations will thank people on the ground today for keeping these lands the way they are.”

Paul Spitler