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 Reply 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 Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Loggerhead Sea Turtles Catch a Wave Just in time for the egg-laying season of female loggerhead sea turtles, the federal government has designated critical habitat nesting areas in the Northwest Atlantic. Wolf Weekly Wrap Up Five Mexican Wolf Pups Born in Mexico; Buy Stamps to Save Wolves in Montana; Can the Death of An Individual Wolf Predict the Pack’s Future Behavior; Ranchers and Defenders’ Coexistence Experts Brainstorm. What We Must Not Accept Unlike Director Ashe, I believe that the very fact that we now have only a small fraction of the wolves, salmon, and spotted owls that we once had provides an opportunity for the forces of economic development and those of conservation to join together and foster new economic growth by restoring the biodiversity that we have already lost.