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A Huge Day for Walker Ridge Advocates

by Nick Jensen

Walker Ridge holds a distinguished place within the lore of CNPS. This rugged panorama of serpentine outcrops, wildflower-rich meadows, and oak and McNab cypress woodlands is a hotspot of uncommon plant range, virtually past examine. It additionally has been the placement of a sequence of hotly contested proposals to develop industrial wind vitality which are inconsistent with the conservation of those irreplaceable habitats.

Wildflowers together with yellow yarrow (Eriophyllum lanatum) and popcorn flower (Cryptantha) Picture: Jim Rose

Right now, we’re thrilled to share that Congressman John Garamendi has launched the Berryessa Snow Mountain Enlargement Act, Home Decision 6366, a invoice that units the stage for the conservation and long-term administration of Walker Ridge. HR 6366 would add almost 4,000 acres of land in Lake County to Berryessa Snow Mountain Nationwide Monument. This alone can be an amazing victory, however the particulars of the invoice are much more thrilling and groundbreaking.

Congressman Garamendi’s invoice, by way of working carefully with the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, proposes to implement co-management that collaborates with and incorporates the data of tribal communities. It requires federal land administration companies to finish a Nationwide Monument Plan whereas participating in significant session with federally acknowledged tribes. It additionally opens the door for companies to enter into voluntary agreements with tribes for the day-to-day administration of the monument. This pioneering laws is a primary of its type for California. The invoice additionally renames Walker Ridge to Molok Luyuk, which is Patwin for “Condor Ridge.”

The very last thing we should always be aware is that the everlasting safety for Molok Luyuk can be a big contribution towards California’s 30×30 initiative, serving to the state shield 30 p.c of its lands and water by 2030.

Blue oak woodlands (Quercus douglasii) Picture: Neal Uno

We’re overwhelmingly grateful for Congressman Garamendi’s management in introducing HR 6366. We’re additionally grateful for his imaginative and prescient in working towards the sturdy conservation of Molok Luyuk, and the whole nationwide monument, in a approach that includes the data and knowledge of Indigenous communities. Right here at CNPS, we look ahead to working towards the passage of this invoice together with the members of our coalition, the local people, and our tribal companions. Within the meantime, please be part of us in thanking Congressman Garamendi for his work and asking our respective representatives to assist HR 6366.

California condor flying in Monterey County, a species we hope to see thriving in Lake and Colusa Counties at some point. Picture: Oliver Patrick, iNaturalist oliverpatrick (CC BY-NC)

I discover it very becoming that the brand new title Molok Luyuk honors our California condor, which as soon as sailed over this rugged panorama, and hopefully will accomplish that once more sometime quickly. Might all of us get to marvel on the range of uncommon crops and habitats of Condor Ridge, with its eponymous feathered pals hovering overhead.

Learn the total coalition information launch right here.

Take a digital tour of Molok Luyuk.



Nick Jensen, CNPS Southern California Conservation Analyst
Nick Jensen, CNPS Conservation Director




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