carrizo plain

A land conservancy on the Central Coast has worked out deals to add more than 450 acres of land to a National Monument in the region. The Carrizo Plain Conservancy is trying to add to the nearly 250,000 acre Carrizo Plain National Monument, east of San Luis Obispo.

A Santa Barbara County based environmental group is suing the federal government, after failing to get access to public documents related to the review of protections for a national monument in the region. The suit is related to the potential loss of protections for Carrizo Plain National Monument, a 200,000 acre of preserve of mountains and grasslands In San Luis Obispo, and Kern Counties.

Some new legislation introduced in Congress would designate more than 240,000 acres of land on the Central and South Coasts as wilderness to give it additional protection.

There may be new hope that a Central Coast national monument may be keeping its protected status.

President Trump ordered Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review that status of more than two dozen national monuments, with an eye towards relaxing some of their protections so they could be open to oil, or other natural resource development.

The review included the more than 240,000 acre Carrizo Plain National Monument, northeast of Santa Maria in San Luis Obispo, and Kern Counties. The reviews created massive opposition.

After the Secretary of the Interior ended the review of the status of five national monuments, a Santa Barbara congressman asked that one in our region be added to the exemption list.

Democratic Congressman Salud Carbajal sent a letter to Secretary Ryan Zinke asking him to end the review of the Carrizo Plain National Monument.

(Photo courtesy John Wiley)

A Santa Barbara congressman has jumped on the bandwagon over efforts to try to keep national monument status for a huge preserve on the Central Coast.

Democratic Congressman Salud Carbajal has written a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke calling on him to keep the protected status for Carrizo Plain National Monument.   Some environmental groups in the region have been involved in efforts to rally support for the monument.

It’s an unspoiled, mostly overlooked slice of nature northeast of Santa Maria.

But, it’s also at risk, because it’s one of more than two dozen national monuments the Trump Administration has ordered to be review for possible reversal of its protected status.