FAIRFIELD — A proposal to create a 350,000-acre Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area has support from the Solano County Board of Supervisors.
The proposed conservation area would include federal land in portions of Solano, Mendocino, Lake, Napa and Yolo counties. It would extend from the Snow Mountain Wilderness 100 miles south to Solano County.
The Solano County portion would be small, covering mostly Bureau of Land Management land in the Blue Ridge near Lake Berryessa. Proposed federal legislation gives no acreage for the Solano County portion, but shows it on a map.
If passed, the various federal agencies governing public lands within the conservation area boundaries would have to create a common management plan for recreation, conservation and other activities.
Tuleyome Executive Director Sara Husby-Good talked about the hiking, horseback riding and other recreational opportunities in the Berryessa-Snow Mountain area, as well as the habitat. The area is good for the economy and brings visitors to local counties, she said.
Tuleyome is a nonprofit group that has championed the creation of the proposed national conservation area.
Supervisor John Vasquez said the proposed conservation area has another aspect to it – it includes the watershed for Lake Berryessa, he said. Lake Berryessa reservoir in Napa County provides water for Solano County homes and cities, making lake water quality a local concern.
The board supported the proposed national conservation area by a 4-0 vote. Supervisors Vasquez, Linda Seifert, Erin Hannigan and Skip Thomson voted “yes.” Supervisor Jim Spering was absent.
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