Berryessa Snow Mountain bill introduced. Help thank its champions!

If you live in or are visiting the Bay Area or Sacramento, just about 100 miles away you can experience the incredible lands, creeks, wildlife and recreation activities at Berryessa Snow Mountain.

Now, thanks to Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA) -- and fellow members of Congress John Garamendi (D-CA) and Lynn Woolsey (D- CA) --  this place can be permanently protected.  The Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Act (H.R. 5545) would protect more than 300,000 acres of oak savannah, pine and fir forests, and rivers.

We ask you to join us in thanking Reps. Mike Thompson, John Garamendi and Lynn Woolsey on Twitter and Facebook!

Thank Rep. Mike Thompson

Thank Rep. John Garamendi

Thank Rep. Lynn Woolsey

Sample Tweet: Thank you @RepThompson @RepGaramendi @RepLynnWoolsey for protecting #California #BerryessaSnowMountain

Sample Facebook wall post: Thanks for introducing the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Act! Future generations will thank you for protecting their clean drinking water, animal habitat and incredible places to hike and camp!

This area boasts a stunning display of annual wildflowers, glittering snowfields, and clean water flowing from Cache Creek, a water source that sustains surrounding communities. Many animals - such as bald eagle, tule elk, Pacific fisher, black bear, mountain lion, osprey, river otter, trout and butterfly and dragonfly species - call this area home thanks to its untouched nature.

For all these reasons, Berryessa is a haven for hiking, biking, kayaking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, bird watching and camping. Protecting this gem is a win-win for the spectacular lands and surrounding communities, as outdoor tourism keeps money flowing in.  According to the Outdoor Industry Foundation, California’s outdoor recreation economy contributes $46 billion annually to the state’s economy and supports 408,000 jobs.

The Wilderness Society joins the local community in celebrating this huge step toward permanently protecting Berryessa Snow Mountain.

The Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Act joins a number of conservation measures awaiting action in Congress. Many bills with tremendous on-the-ground support have stalled due to a select few members of Congress who would rather sell off, giveaway, or squander our shared lands and waters for quick and dirty profits for corporate polluters.  While America’s wilderness is under siege by some in Congress, moments like this remind us of the conservation legacy cherished by so many people.