The League of Women Voters of San Luis Obispo County supports the protection and enhancement of public lands in our county, including the Carrizo Plain National Monument. The recent review ordered by the president has put the monument at potential risk. We urge that the monument be protected and preserved for future generations.
Efforts to protect Carrizo Plain date back to the 1980s, when the Nature Conservancy purchased 82,000 acres of private land and donated it to the federal government. Nearby lands were added as mitigation for various impacts of development on both public and private lands in the southern San Joaquin Valley. These lands came into public ownership for specific purposes, primarily for wildlife habitat conservation and enhancement, and led ultimately and naturally to the creation of Carrizo Plains National Monument. The monument is known for its unique scenic character and its wildlife and wildflower displays, especially this year when the “superbloom” attracted thousands of visitors.
The Interior Department is accepting public comment until July 10, 2017. We urge everyone who supports the Carrizo Plain National Monument to write to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington D.C. 20240 or go on line to www.doi.gov and let him know you want the monument preserved as the treasure it is.
Marguerite Bader, President, League of Women Voters of San Luis Obispo County