Introducing Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument

Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument,  Photo Credit: Ivan Sohrakoff

Today, President Obama protected 330,780 acres in Northern California by designating Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument.
The Conservation Alliance awarded Tuleyome with two grants in 2012 and 2014, totaling $55,000, for their effort to protect Berryessa Snow Mountain. In addition to financial support, our members stepped up in other ways to advocate for the designation of this monument. In July 2014, Kevin Cleary, CEO of Clif Bar, wrote this op-ed about the importance of protecting California’s public lands, including Berryessa Snow Mountain. In December 2014, 14 Conservation Alliance member companies based in California signed this letter addressed to President Obama asking him to designate Berryessa Snow-Mountain National Monument.  In April 2015, Sacramento news station CBC13 highlighted the biologically diverse landscape in a feature about the unique partnership between member company Juniper Ridge and Tuleyome.
This 330,780 acre monument is less than 100 miles from Sacramento and the Bay Area, and covers portions of Lake, Napa, Mendocino, Solano and Yolo counties. Recreation opportunities include hiking, mountain biking, paddling down the wild and scenic Cache Creek, hunting and horse-back riding. This region provides critical habitat for California’s second-largest population of wintering bald eagles, and wild Tule elk.
A bill to protect Berryessa Snow Mountain was introduced into Congress in February 2015.  Like most monuments designated by President Obama, he took action when Congress failed to act. We applaud President Obama for using his authority under the Antiquities Act to create Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument.
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