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June/July 2014
Rep. Thompson:
President Should Protect Berryessa Snow Mountain if Congress Won’t

Late in March, just as the previous edition of the Redwood Needles was going out, the Sacramento Bee published a fervent editorial castigating Congress for its failure to protect our public lands, and praising President Obama’s recent use of his Antiquities Act powers to add the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands on the Mendocino coast to the California Coastal National Monument.

The editorial went on to single out the 350,000 acre Berryessa Snow Mountain region (currently proposed for National Conservation Area status, and a top Sierra Club conservation priority) as suitable for inclusion in the President’s public lands legacy.

Congressman Thompson evidently agrees: on March 31 he posted a link to this editorial on his Facebook page, stating emphatically “I’ve introduced legislation to protect the Berryessa-Snow Mountain Region, but if the House Majority won’t pass it the President should use his authority to preserve this area for our kids and grandkids.”

Stay tuned for more about this great idea!

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