Legislation to expand Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument discussed in US Senate – Daily Democrat

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The US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a subcommittee hearing on a series of bills, including California Senator Alex Padilla’s Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument Expansion Act.

The bill accompanies Bill HR 6366, which was introduced by Congressman John Garamendi.

“The sacred lands in and around Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument are central to thousands of years of tribal origin stories,” Senator Padilla noted. “This bill would expand the existing monument to include nearly 4,000 acres of sacred tribal land, compel federal agencies to finally develop a management plan for the monument, and give tribal governments a seat at the table to better manage and take care of these lands.”

“It is our duty to protect the abundant natural resources and rich history of Molok Luyuk for the children of today and for future generations and I look forward to working to ensure that this bill carries its fruit,” he added.

The legislation would add 3,925 acres adjacent to the current monument, support tribal co-management and change the name of additional wilderness lands from Walker Ridge to Molok Luyuk – Patwin to condor ridge – a name provided by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, according to a press release .

“Protecting Molok Luyuk, a place of profound natural beauty and profound cultural significance, is a win-win situation for Californians and Californian tribes,” said the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation Tribal Council. “We are excited to see the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument Expansion Act moving forward.”

President Barrack Obama designated Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument with Congressman Mike Thompson, D-Yolo, in 2015. The monument and the proposed Molok Luyuk addition are culturally significant to local Native American tribes and are notable for their varied habitats and fauna.

The ridge is home to great biodiversity including more than 30 rare plant species, ancient blue oak forests, rugged rocky outcrops, wildflower meadows and extensive stands of McNab cypress, according to the release.

“Molok Luyuk is characterized by fascinating geology, exceptional biodiversity, deep cultural significance and incredible views,” said Victoria Brandon, Sierra Club Redwood Chapter President. “These lands are eminently worthy of the permanent protection that Senator Alex Padilla and Representative John Garamendi have proposed.”

Additionally, the expanded monument would mark an important step in helping California and the Biden administration meet the goal of protecting 30% of U.S. lands and waters by 2030, according to Elayne Stefanich, director of the California Conservation Program. Lands Foundation.

“The Conservation Lands Foundation is supporting the expansion of Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument and ensuring this remarkable landscape has a strong management plan,” Stefanick said. “As we approach the 118th anniversary of the Antiquities Act, we recognize that the history of public lands is complex. The addition of Molok Luyuk to the national monument honors the original stewards and guardians of this land.

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