Press "Enter" to skip to content

Biden administration expected to expand two California national monuments

The Biden administration plans to expand two national monuments in California, two sources tell The Hill. 

The monuments, the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument and Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, were first designated under the Obama administration. 

The San Gabriel Mountains, in Southern California, boast wildlife such as the California condor bird and mountain yellow-legged frog and are also the location of the San Andreas Fault. 

The Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument is about 80 miles northwest of Sacramento and is known for wildflowers and steep canyons. 

The monuments’ forthcoming expansion was first reported by The Washington Post.

One source said the announcement could come on or before Earth Day, on April 22. 

The White House declined to comment, though climate adviser John Podesta said at a Post event Thursday morning that in terms of conserving public lands, “We have a few more coming.”

The Biden administration has set the goal of conserving 30 percent of America’s lands and waters by 2030. 

The announcement follows a push from lawmakers, particularly California Democrats Rep. Judy Chu and Sen. Alex Padilla, to expand the San Gabriel Mountains Monument in order to “increase public lands access and protect clean drinking water supplies.”

“Such a designation by the President will extensively benefit our region’s economy, health, and environment,” Chu said in a written statement. 

Zack Budryk contributed.

Updated at 3:51 p.m.

Source: The Hill

Be First to Comment

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *