FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 2022
Washington, D.C. - Today, Conservation Lands Foundation released the following statement applauding a call to action for the Biden Administration to expand Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument in Northern California.
Members of California’s congressional delegation - led by Representatives John Garamendi and Mike Thompson and Senators Alex Padilla and Dianne Feinstein - today sent a letter urging the President to use the Antiquities Act to expand the monument to include Molok Luyuk.
Molok Luyuk, located on the eastern edge of the existing monument, is sacred to the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation and is a critically important habitat for biodiversity amidst a changing climate.
Elyane Stefanick, California Program Director, Conservation Lands Foundation:
“Conservation Lands Foundation applauds Representatives Garamendi and Thompson, Senators Padilla and Feinstein, and members of the California congressional delegation for urging the Biden Administration to protect Molok Luyuk using the Antiquities Act.
“The request came from the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation who have been stewarding the land since time immemorial, and from local grassroots organizations serving communities who will also benefit directly from the protection of these lands.
“The addition of Molok Luyuk to Berryessa National Monument achieves three important goals: It honors the original stewards and caretakers of this land, ensures this remarkable landscape has a robust management plan, and helps the State of California and the Biden Administration meet the critical goal of protecting 30 percent of U.S. lands and waters by the year 2030.”
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Contact: Kris Deutschman, [email protected], 970-670-0193
About Conservation Lands Foundation
Conservation Lands Foundation leads the only national movement of grassroots advocates to protect, restore and expand National Conservation Lands. CLF is headquartered in Durango, Colorado with field offices throughout the West and in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit conservationlands.org.