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December/January 2014

Berryessa Snow Mountain Bill to get a Senate Hearing

Just as this issue of the Needles was going to press, we received the exciting news that the Public Lands, Forests, and Mining subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources has scheduled a hearing on S 483, a bill designating the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area. The hearing will be held at 3:30PM on Wednesday November 20. S 483, sponsored by California Senator Barbara Boxer, is a companion piece to HR 1025, which was heard by the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation in July.

Designation of the 350,000 acre Berryessa Snow Mountain NCA has been a top Redwood Chapter priority for several years. This landscape-level legislation will permanently protect a diverse and environmentally sensitive region, provide a collaborative framework for more efficient and beneficial management of existing federal public lands, increase funding opportunities and recreational potential, and offer substantial potential economic advantages to the surrounding communities. Situated almost entirely within Chapter boundaries, it includes portions of five counties and three Congressional districts; the House legislation is co-sponsored by all three of Redwood Chapter’s stellar Congressional delegation (representatives Mike Thompson, John Garamendi, and Jared Huffman), and has been endorsed by many local governmental entities, non-profit organizations, businesses, and individuals.

For a report on the November 20 Senate hearing, visit or check out the Chapter blog at

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