Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 22, 2010

A New National Monument Proposed between the Bay and Sacramento Areas

A 100 mile area of the inner coast range between Sacramento and San Francisco, called the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservations Area has been proposed as a new National Monument.  See LA Times article for details:,0,7702234.story


  1. Two letters recently written in the LA Times:
    “Re “Saving the untrampled,” March 22

    Thanks to The Times for introducing many to the proposed Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area. It is California’s best-kept secret — a place where our state’s diverse natural landscapes come together and can still be seen unspoiled.

    It has valleys where elk graze on wildflower prairies stretching as far as the eye can see, just as John Muir described them in 1868. Deeply shadowed old-growth forests — home to Pacific giant salamanders, banana slugs, Pacific fishers and blue grouse — extend north to Alaska but begin in this area.

    Red fir and snow-clad alpine peaks are there too. So are strange ecological islands where the collision between North America and the Pacific has squeezed the Earth’s deepest mantle to its surface and created places where species found nowhere else can thrive.

    All the world’s great hot spots of biodiversity and natural scenic beauty are not in remote places. One is just a short journey from California’s great cities.

    Glen Holstein
    The writer is an ecologist.

    As a U.S. congressman, I spent many years working on legislative efforts to protect the environment.

    Now my wife and I live in the Capay Valley in Yolo County, near the proposed Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area. We have joined local efforts to protect this unique landscape near our farm.

    Local nonprofit Tuleyome and its partner organizations have been working hard and successfully to gain broad-based local community support for this designation of the federal lands by Congress.

    A national conservation area designation provides effective public input into the management of the federal lands and allows federal agencies to share staff and resources across agency lines.

    In elevating the status of this large patchwork of federal lands, recreational opportunities will be an integral part of the mix and the local communities in the region will reap significant benefits.

    Pete McCloskey ”
    Rumsey, Calif.


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