The Wilderness Society Commends Lawmakers for Proposal To Protect California’s Central Coast

Oct 16, 2017

The Wilderness Society commends Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Congressman Salud Carbajal (D-CA 24) for their courage and foresight in seeking protections for wildlands stretching across California’s rugged and scenic Central Coast. At a time when America’s shared public lands are under attack, these leaders are taking action to preserve critical natural resources, native plant and wildlife habitat, and access to nature for generations to come.

“California’s Central Coast, with its rolling mountain terrain, free-flowing rivers and grasslands is one of the most diverse eco-systems in North America,” said Daniel Rossman, Senior Regional Representative for The Wilderness Society.

"The Central Coast Heritage Protection Act will conserve a stunning landscape which helps support tourism in the region, and protect a crucial source of water for nearby communities. It designates 159 miles of wild and scenic rivers and grants National Recreation Trail status to the nearly 400-mile long Condor Trail. This legislation has such far-reaching benefits, it has won support from a broad coalition - including business, recreation and community leaders, conservationists, ranchers, mountain bikers, elected officials and other local stakeholders.”  

Representatives Jimmy Panetta (D-CA 20) and Julia Brownley (D-CA 26) are co-sponsors of the current bill. Former Representative Lois Capps (D-CA 24) and former Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) also championed protections for the region, sponsoring previous legislation to protect the Central Coast.  

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