Members of California’s congressional delegation deserve much credit for bringing the Berryessa Snow Mountain public lands to the administration's attention, in particular Reps. Thompson, Garamendi, and Huffman, and Senators Boxer and Feinstein. Johnson said TU looks forward to working with the administration and Congress to deliver the resources needed to properly manage the new national monument, which is a day trip for millions of Californians in Sacramento and the Bay Area.
The Berryessa Snow Mountain public lands offer a variety of streams and lakes that support outstanding fishing for trout, bass and other species, and provide hunters a wilderness hunting experience for blacktail deer in the A and popular B-3 deer hunting zones. Trout streams include the trophy trout fishery of Putah Creek - the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's newest designated Wild Trout water - and the headwaters of the Eel River, one of the state’s finest steelhead fisheries. The Middle Fork of Stony Creek in the Snow Mountain Wilderness is also designated Wild Trout water, while the bass fishing in Clear Lake and Lake Berryessa is world-class.
“Simply put, hunting and angling depend on healthy habitat. It is our responsibility as sportsmen to protect our wild country on public lands so we can pass this gift on to the next generation,” said David Lass, TU’s California Field Director and campaign manager for the Berryessa Snow Mountain initiative. “Today, president Obama ensured the Berryessa Snow Mountain public lands will remain a great place to hunt and fish.”
Lass added that TU has worked for nearly a decade to support initiatives that would better protect fish and wildlife resources of the Berryessa Snow Mountain region. TU played a lead role in communicating the support of sportsmen for the monument designation – thousands of individual sportsmen and dozens of sportsmen’s clubs, guides, and outdoor-based businesses throughout Northern California supported the campaign.
"In this era of drought, rural development and population expansion, the places we care most about are under increasing duress," said Jordan Romney, a working fly fishing guide on Putah Creek. "Passing on to our kids and grandkids the same opportunities to fish and hunt as we have today starts with protecting good habitat, and this new National Monument designation ensures that good fishing and hunting will continue in the Berryessa Snow Mountain public lands."
Hunting and fishing are allowed in all national monuments where these activities are a traditional use of the resource prior to the designation.
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