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Berryessa Snow Mountain Community Conversations

The public is invited to participate in Community Conversations about the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument Management Plan. There will be a meeting in Winters this Wednesday, September 28th at the Winters Community Center 5:30 - 7:00 pm. 

The U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management are hosting community meetings for the planning efforts underway on management of the Monument. Your interests and concerns are important. These conversations are an opportunity to express what you value in the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. Workshops will be open house format, with resource specialists providing information at individual tables and gathering input from the public.

The USDA Forest Service (FS) and the USDI Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have begun the process for developing a Management Plan for the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. The process included hiring a Monument Manager, who will work from the BLM’s Ukiah office; additional Monument operations will be conducted out of the FS’s Upper Lake Ranger District office. The planning process continues with a series of regional meetings at which members of the public can meet with FS and BLM staff to identify issues and concerns that should be addressed as part of the Management Plan. The first meeting took place in Lakeport on September 14; two additional public meetings are scheduled:

The identified purposes of the National Monument designation include the conservation, management, and protection for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations the ecological, scenic, recreational, archaeological, historic, educational, and scientific resource values of the lands included in the National Monument. To assure that this purpose is met, members of the public need to express their desires to agency staff that these values be addressed in the National Monument’s Management Plan.

Please come and express your thoughts on the values of the region and what you feel the management plan should include. For example, these expressions may include:

  • Tell the story of plate tectonics and earth sciences;
  • Protect iconic plant communities and wildlife in the region;
  • Sustain underlying watershed dynamics and hydrological processes;
  • Address forest health, including pests, diseases, fire, and fuels reduction;
  • Ensure landscape-based habitat connectivity and facilitate species migration;
  • Interpret and protect cultural values, including Native American uses as well as historical forestry, mining, farming, and grazing; and
  • Assess climate change information pertinent to the National Monument and develop a climate change adaptation strategy.

Other concerns that could be expressed for the Management Plan include:

  • Describe locations for appropriate uses in the National Monument;
  • Identify short-term and long-term management actions for the National Monument that consider the projected availability of resources;
  • Include a weed management component (including use of grazing as appropriate) to guide noxious weed control efforts and activities;
  • Include a habitat restoration component, including both locations and methods;
  • Include a recreational opportunity enhancement component, including legal OHV use;
  • Include a native fish passage and habitat quality improvement component;
  • Include a component that addresses public safety and environmental cleanup issues associated with illegal marijuana production within the National Monument;
  • Identify areas outside of designated wilderness in which non-motorized recreation would be emphasized; and
  • Identify opportunities to promote voluntary cooperative conservation projects with state, local government, and private interests.