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Biden Administration Announces Expansion of Berryessa Snow Mountain, San Gabriel Mountains National Monuments

DURANGO, CO (May 2, 2024)—Great Old Broads for Wilderness would like to thank the Biden administration for today demonstrating its commitment to conservation by expanding Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.

The 13,696-acre expansion of Northern California’s Berryessa Snow Mountain to include Molok Luyuk ensures the protection of a vital ecosystem important to numerous threatened species of plants and wildlife, as well as the protection of cultural sites held sacred by Indigenous people across the region.

The 105,919-acre expansion of San Gabriel Mountains National Monument will not only protect threatened wildlife habitat and cultural sites, but will also protect an important source of water for the Los Angeles basin and provide new opportunities for underserved communities in Southern California to experience nature.

“Today is a day to celebrate,” says Sara Husby, Executive Director of Great Old Broads for Wilderness. “The expansion of these two landscapes is a vital step forward for the White House’s ongoing America the Beautiful (“30×30”) initiative, and we encourage the President keep up the momentum and use the Antiquities Act to protect additional proposed national monuments such as the Owyhee Canyonlands in Oregon, Chuckwalla in Southern California, and others.”