Good for the land, good for people

By From page A6 | June 19, 2013

Vernette Marsh (June 9) writes about the establishment of the Snow Mountain Wilderness in 1984.

It was a special privilege for me to work on the designation of the Snow Mountain Wilderness. Marsh will be pleased to know that since being established, the Snow Mountain Wilderness has been enlarged to 60,076 acres. The latest addition was in Congressman Mike Thompson’s wilderness bill of 2006.

Congressman Thompson’s bill (HR 1025) to establish the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area does not change the management or the name of the Snow Mountain Wilderness. However, it will help to better manage important animal migratory corridors between the existing Snow Mountain, Cache Creek and Cedar Roughs wilderness areas.

It will ensure a cohesive management plan among three federal agencies — the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Forest Service — helping them to work together. We need this comprehensive approach to improve and best manage our public lands. It is good government and just makes sense.

It is also good for members of the public who recreate in the region, which is why there is such broad-based support from hikers, bicycle riders, equestrians, rafters and boaters, anglers and off-highway vehicle users on legal designated routes.

Lastly, it provides economic opportunities for local gateway communities such as Winters. Permanently protecting our federal public lands is good the land, good for the recreating public and good for business.

Jim Eaton

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