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U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer

[Sen. Boxer] – U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) praised President Obama Friday for using his authority to designate the Berryessa Snow Mountain region as a National Monument. The move will elevate the status of the region and provide better management and protection for more than 350,000 acres of publicly-owned land in Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Glenn, Colusa, Solano and Yolo Counties. The designation will also promote tourism and outdoor recreation across the region.

Senator Boxer said, “For years, our coalition has worked to protect these lands and I applaud the President because his actions will preserve this magnificent area for generations and boost the local economy.”

“Berryessa Snow Mountain stands out among California’s stunning natural resources as one of the most biologically diverse and beautiful, home to distinctive wildlife, vegetation and Native American cultural sites. I’m thrilled this special place will receive lasting federal protection. In the absence of congressional action on Berryessa, President Obama is right to take executive action, protecting more than 300,000 acres and boosting local communities,” said Senator Feinstein.

Senator Boxer has sponsored legislation creating more than 1 million acres of wilderness in California, and first introduced legislation to protect the region in 2012. In December, at a meeting of federal, state and local officials, the Senator urged President Obama to use his authority to designate the region as a National Monument.

Photos: BerryessaSnowMountain.org

Photos: BerryessaSnowMountain.org

The new National Monument covers lands stretching south of Berryessa Peak in Yolo County, up to the Snow Mountain and beyond into Mendocino County. The area provides a haven for hiking, camping, rafting and horseback riding and is home to a diverse array of wildlife including bald and golden eagles, black bears and tule elk. The elevated designation will preserve the area’s natural resources and protect the region for future generations. The new designation will also help raise the profile of the Berryessa Snow Mountain region, increasing tourism and business opportunities for local communities. A map of the new Monument is available here.

The elevated designation strengthens cooperation between federal land managers with local residents, outdoors enthusiasts and business owners in order for stakeholders to share their ideas for preserving and promoting the area’s wildlife and pristine rivers, forests, ridges, canyons and creeks. The new designation will also unite all currently publicly-owned land within the area under one management plan, allowing for better coordination among federal agencies to protect wildlife, restore habitat, improve water quality, expand recreational opportunities and prevent wildfires.

berryessasnowmountain2Supporters of this designation include the Lake, Napa, Solano, Mendocino, and Yolo County Boards of Supervisors; the Calistoga and Napa and Winters Chambers of Commerce; the cities of American Canyon, Calistoga, Davis, Lakeport, Napa, St. Helena, West Sacramento and Winters; and over 200 businesses. In addition, over 25 local and national recreation and conservation organizations support the increased status, including Tuleyome, The Wilderness Society, California Wilderness Coalition, and the Conservation Lands Foundation, among others.







[The White House, July 10] – Today, we joined community members from California, Texas, and Nevada to celebrate the President’s announcement of three new national monuments. The new monuments include Berryessa Snow Mountain in California, Waco Mammoth in Texas, and Basin and Range in Nevada. Together, these striking places demonstrate the wide range of historic, cultural, and natural values that make America’s public lands so treasured.

With these new designations, President Obama will have used the Antiquities Act to establish or expand 19 national monuments. Today’s addition of three national monuments will protect more than 1 million acres of public land, adding to the more than 260 million acres of public lands and waters President Obama has protected for future generations – more than any other President.

Protecting our lands is about more than just protecting our great outdoors. These designations provide a boost to the local economies of surrounding communities by attracting visitors and generating more revenue and jobs, building on an outdoor recreation industry that already generates $646 billion in consumer spending each year.

The public lands President Obama designated today protect significant cultural and historical landmarks. Native Americans have inhabited the Berryessa Snow Mountain area for at least the last 11,000 years, leaving behind their cultural influences and artifacts, such as seasonal hunting camps and earth-covered round buildings. The Basin and Range National Monument tells the story of a rich cultural tradition from petroglyph and prehistoric rock art panels, to the earliest human inhabitants 13,000 years ago, to miners and ranchers in the past century. The unique cultural and historic City installation by artist Michael Heizer captures the natural beauty of the Basin and Range, and is one of the most ambitious examples of the distinctively American land-art movement.

In addition to preserving the history of our past ancestors, these designations offer scientific value and a glimpse into the past. The Waco Mammoth National Monument features remains of Columbian Mammoths from more than 65,000 years ago, as well as other animals of the Pleistocene Epoch, such as the Western Camel, Saber-toothed Cat, and giant tortoise. The protection of this site will provide unparalleled opportunities for scientific studies, while also opening up the wonder of discovery to student groups and visitors from around the world.

In addition to the cultural, historic, and scientific value of the designations, the areas also offer a variety of recreational opportunities – from the vastness and solitude of the unbroken expanse of the Basin and Range, to the hiking, hunting, fishing, and camping activities of the Berryessa Snow Mountain.

These are just a few of the many reasons such a broad set of groups support these designations. Local city and county governments, Tribes, recreational, conservation and cultural preservation groups, local chambers of commerce, and hundreds of local businesses have voiced their support for preserving these precious areas.

National monuments bring so many values to communities across the country, and they are so popular because they are permanent. They stand the test of time. And their benefits – for local economies, for wildlife and our natural resources, and for Americans who visit them to enjoy the outdoors and embrace our country’s history – only get stronger and more tangible over time.

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