SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (October 16th, 2017) –A broad coalition of businesses, community leaders and conservationists hailed the introduction today of a bill to protect forest, grass lands, and wild rivers across California’s Central Coast.
The Central Coast Heritage Protection Act is the first land conservation measure introduced by Representative Salud Carbajal (D-CA) and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA). It is the product of years of discussion and negotiation involving business leaders, conservationists, elected officials, ranchers, mountain bikers, and other stakeholders interested in the use and well-being of these iconic lands. Former Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) and former Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) previously sponsored a similar legislation.
"Protecting our public lands is essential, as these natural and cultural landscapes are investments in the well-being of our communities,” said José González, founder and executive director of Latino Outdoors. “They are necessary to reduce inequities in our communities, which are part of an expanding conservation movement. California’s Central Coast is a perfect example. We need to protect this scenic and ecological wonder while ensuring its relevance to all."