11 May 2012 Permanent Protections Proposed for Berryessa Snow Mountain Region Posted by: James Navarro | 2 comments | Share: The North End Trail near Raccoon Lagoon winds through Oak Woodlands. 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 Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential. California’s Rim Fire: Opportunities Rise from the Ashes After California’s devastating Rim Fire, will officials take the opportunity to give nature a chance to fully recover? What Montana Isn’t Saying: Why Wild Bison Aren’t Welcome in the State Montana is rounding up wild bison as they leave Yellowstone National Park and shipping them to slaughter. But why?