The Central Coast Heritage Protect Act was recently passed with bipartisan support. Part of the Protecting America’s Wilderness Act. Thanks to the valiant efforts of environmental advocates, Representative Salud Carbajal and local officials there is work being undertaken to preserve and protect our land.
The goal of the law is particularly important for Los Angeles. It is hoping to protect increasing amounts of land – up to 250,000 acres – as protected wilderness areas within the Los Padres National Forest and Carrizo Plain National Monument
According to Rep Carbajal:
“Protecting our environment, enhancing public safety and growing our economy are not mutually exclusive. The passage of the Central Coast Heritage Protection Act proves this, and it’s a huge step forward for all of us. Our Central Coast is the most beautiful district in the nation and this bill ensures our public lands, like Los Padres National Forest and Carrizo Plain National Monument, will be preserved—for our economy, for our environment and for future generations.”
In addition, Graciela Cabello, Director of Youth and Community Engagement at ForestWatch said:
“Protecting lands on the California Central Coast is a critical step to ensuring our children and future generations have access to wild places and to protecting fragile ecosystems. These lands are some of the most biodiverse ecoregions in the world and we want to see them protected.”
To date the bill has been supported by around 500 local organizations, businesses and landholders.