Congressman Garamendi Submits Comments on the Department of Interior’s Review of Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument
WASHINGTON, DC-Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), former Deputy Secretary of the Interior, whose district includes the 330,000 acre Berryessa National Monument, submitted his comments on the Department of Interior’s review of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. The review was prompted by President Trump’s Executive Order ordering review of National Monument designations under the Antiquities Act.
“The Berryessa Snow Mountain is a national treasure,” Congressman Garamendi said. “Its unique biodiversity coupled with its rich Native American cultural heritage make it an ideal National Monument. The broad coalition of activists and lawmakers who worked to make this designation possible ensured that the Berryessa Snow Mountain would be protected without hindering pre-existing water rights or imposing new regulations on hunting, fishing, and motorized recreation.”
“The Berryessa National Monument also provides a vital stimulus to the local small business economy. Many local businesses in the Berryessa area depend heavily on tourism, and this National Monument designation brings in visitors who support and expand local businesses. But most importantly, the National Monument designation protects the Berryessa Snow Mountain from falling victim to destructive resource exploitation and preserves the pristine and unblemished land for all to enjoy. If the Trump administration wants to strip the Berryessa Snow Mountain of its National Monument status, then they can expect a fight.”
Garamendi’s letter highlighted the cultural, historical, and environmental importance of Berryessa Snow Mountain as well as the positive economic impact that it has on the region. The letter can be found here.