OAKLAND, CA –  In response to the Biden-Harris administration’s designation to expand the San Gabriel Mountains and Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monuments, California Environmental Voters (EnviroVoters) and the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) released the following statements:   

“The expansion of our national monuments and protection of our public lands are key nature-based solutions to the climate and biodiversity crises,” said Mary Creasman, Chief Executive Officer, California Environmental Voters. “These additions to the San Gabriel Mountains and Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monuments include must-protect areas that provide communities with critical drinking water, create access to greenspaces for underserved communities, hold historical and cultural significance to California Tribes and Indigenous community leaders, and serve as wildlife corridors and habitats for imperiled animals and native plants. We thank President Biden for his leadership and urge him to look to additional places in California for national monument designation, so we can make more progress towards our 30×30 goals.”

“The Biden-Harris administration has done more for conservation than any other president by protecting 26 million acres and counting, and is delivering on conservation efforts led by communities with the latest expansion of San Gabriel Mountains and Berryessa Snow Mountains National Monuments,” said Gene Karpinski, President of LCV. “The administration has increased equitable access to the outdoors in one of the country’s most populated areas while protecting clean water sources, healthy ecosystems, and vital cultural resources in Southern California. Expanding Berryessa Snow Mountains National Monument to include Molok Luyuk honors its cultural importance to the Yocha Dehe Wintun peoples, as well as other California Tribes, and conserves the region’s incredible biodiversity.” 

National monuments are a win-win for permanently protecting our cultural and natural resources and advancing equity in the outdoors. We join local partners and Tribal leaders in celebrating these expansions and look forward to more efforts to protect even more places with national monument designation.



Erika Guzman Cornejo



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California Environmental Voters (formerly the California League of Conservation Voters) believes the climate crisis is here and this moment requires transformative change. California has the policy solutions to stop climate change but lacks the political will to do it at the rate and scale that’s necessary. EnviroVoters exists to build the political power to solve the climate crisis, advance justice, and create a roadmap for global action. We organize voters, elect and train candidates, and hold lawmakers accountable for bold policy change. We won’t stop until we have resilient, healthy, thriving communities, and a democracy and economy that is just and sustainable for all. Join us at www.envirovoters.org and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. See more press releases.

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