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Central Coast Heritage Protection Act reintroduced to Congress

Carrizo Plain
Posted at 5:53 PM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-11 20:53:09-05

On Thursday, Rep. Salud Carbajal reintrouduced the Central Coast Heritage Protection Act, which would designate nearly 250,000 acres of public land along the Central Coast as wilderness.

This designation is the highest form of federal protection and bans any development on these lands which is home to 468 species of wildlife and more than 1,200 plant species.

Under the bill a 400-mile long Condor National Recreation trail, stretching from Los Angeles to Monterey County, is also established.

“Nature is priceless, but it is too often taken for granted. Pragmatic policies like the Central Coast Heritage Protection Act make a real difference in the fight against climate change, give residents and visitors the opportunity to appreciate the great outdoors, and boosts our recreation economy, all while preserving the plant and animal life that call these public lands home,” said Rep. Carbajal. “It is up to us to be good stewards of our natural treasures, which is why I’m proud to introduce this legislation to protect our precious public lands from development.”

According to a statement from Rep. Salud Carbajal, The bill is supported by nearly 500 landowners on the Central Coast, businesses, farmers and wineries.