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Thank your member of Congress for committing to safeguard California’s Central Coast through the designation of wilderness and wild rivers.

The effort to permanently protect California’s Central Coast has taken a very important step forward. Representatives Lois Capps, Julia Brownley, and Sam Farr and Senator Barbara Boxer have introduced the Central Coast Heritage Protection Act.  The legislation would add wilderness, wild and scenic rivers, and other designations in the Los Padres National Forest and Carrizo Plain National Monument.

Let your member of Congress know that you support preserving this magnificent landscape!

The Central Coast includes some of the most diverse habitats and ecosystems found anywhere in North America. Los Padres National Forest, California’s second largest national forest, rises from the Pacific Ocean to over 8,800 feet in elevation and provides habitat for 468 species of wildlife, including the endangered California condor and the southern steelhead.  The Carrizo Plain National Monument is home to an incredible diversity of plant and animal life, including several threatened and endangered species, the majestic Tule elk, and Pronghorn antelope. It is also the site of irreplaceable Native American cultural areas.

These landscapes are an important part of America’s natural heritage, contribute to the regional economy, and are a shared resource that the public enjoys through outdoor recreation activities.

Thanks to the vision and leadership of Reps. Capps, Brownley, and Farr, and Sen. Boxer, we have an historic opportunity to protect the legacy of California’s spectacular Central Coast for generations to come.