11 May 2012 Permanent Protections Proposed for Berryessa Snow Mountain Region Posted by: James Navarro | 2 comments | Share: California lawmakers introduced a bill this week that would designate the biologically rich Berryessa Snow Mountain region as a National Conservation Area, securing protections for its wildlife, lands, waters and abundant recreation opportunities. U.S. Representatives Mike Thompson, John Garamendi and Lynn Woolsey introduced the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area Act (H.R. 5545) on Tuesday. “The Berryessa Snow Mountain Region is a unique national treasure and we have a responsibility to preserve it for our kids and grandkids,” said Rep. Thompson in a statement. “Designating the region as a National Conservation Area will preserve the land, help our local economies, and protect a wide variety of plants and animals. This is the right way forward for the region and our communities.” Defenders’ California office has been campaigning for more than four years to help raise public awareness and support for Berryessa Snow Mountain, which is home to black bears, badgers, one of the Golden State’s largest wintering populations of bald eagles and more. The bill’s introduction into the U.S. House of Representatives marks a major milestone on the journey to protect this special place. Stay tuned for more updates on how you can help pass this bill. Related: Check out this awesome viewing guide to learn more about the region’s diverse plant and animal life. 2 Responses to “Permanent Protections Proposed for Berryessa Snow Mountain Region” Matt Johnson May 11th, 2012 This is excellent news! Habitat protection like this is one of the most important things to protecting our natural wildlife species. The story did not mention how many acres would be protected. Does anyone know? Cheers! Matt Minneapolis Pamela Flick May 15th, 2012 Hi Matt, We couldn’t agree more that habitat protection is critical to protecting wildlife. The bill would protect 319,300 acres of federal land within Napa, Lake, Mendocino and Yolo counties. Thanks for your support! Pamela Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in I Was There It was a bitterly cold winter morning when the convoy departed down the remote Forest Service road near Salmon, Idaho. Decades after scientists first called for the restoration of wolves in the region, the first four wolves arrived in Idaho on January 14, 1995, thanks to the Endangered Species Act… Victory for Wild Bison in Montana! In a decision that the uninitiated would argue is a painful exercise in stating the obvious, a Montana court last week determined that the wild bison of Yellowstone, an animal that has roamed the continent for millennia, are indeed wild animals. Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Population count for wolves in Northern Rockies; Should Northern Rockies wolves be relisted? Defenders requests immediate status review.