NorCal Land May Get Monument Status

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 A 100-mile swath of diverse California wilderness spanning six counties between the Bay Area and Sacramento could soon become a national monument.

Dubbed the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area, the half-million-acre section of inner coast range includes rivers, oak woodlands that begin near the town of Winters to the 7,000-foot peak of Snow Mountain in the Mendocino National Forest.

The corridor has now been included on a list of prospective national monuments in an Interior Department draft document made public last month.

Four of the 14 proposed candidates are in California: the Berryessa site, the Bodie Hills, the Modoc Plateau and an expansion into California of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument from Oregon.

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