The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is hosting a public meeting next Wednesday, December 13th for the campaign to expand the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument by 3,925 acres to include Molok Luyuk. We encourage folks to attend and provide comments supporting the national monument expansion.
Molok Luyuk (pronounced Ma.lok / Lue.yoke) means “Condor Ridge” in the Patwin language. The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation named this extraordinary place for the condors that once thrived on Molok Luyuk and those they hope to see return. Today, the Yocha Dehe and advocates are working to secure permanent protection for Molok Luyuk, a landscape rich in biodiversity and cultural significance. Currently known to some as Walker Ridge, Molok Luyuk is located in Northern California, spanning from Williams to Clear Lake, east of Napa wine country. If protected, it would become an extension of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, which was designated by President Barack Obama in 2015.
The upcoming public meeting will take place next Wednesday on December 13th from 2-4 p.m. at the Woodland Community and Senior Center (2001 East Street, Woodland, CA 95776). The hosts are asking folks to arrive at 12:45pm to find a seat and sign up to speak and deliver public comments — lunch will also be served at this time. Doors for the meeting open at 1:45pm, and the meeting itself will take place from 2-4pm.
Speaking opportunities will likely take place in three distinct groups:
Elected federal, state, and local officials
The general public (first come, first served)
Agency hosts will include Nada Wolff Culver (BLM Principal Deputy Director), Karen Mouritsen (BLM California State Director), and Wade McMaster (USFS Mendocino National Forest Supervisor) representing Jennifer Eberlien (USFS Pacific Southwest Regional Forester). Geneva Thompson (CNRA Deputy Secretary for Tribal Affairs) will be in attendance and giving comments on behalf of the California Natural Resources Agency.
National monument campaigns are an important part of California’s 30x30 movement (conserving 30% of land and coastal waters by the year 2030), so we are excited to see this campaign move forward as a part of getting closer to our hefty conservation goal!
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