Napa areas could be part of huge conservation region
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3/2009--Some remote parts of Napa County could become part of a huge National Conservation Area that would protect one of the planet’s most biologically diverse areas. The proposed Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area stretches from Solano County to the Mendocino National Forest along the ridgeline east of Lake Berryessa. It includes over 500,000 acres of public lands including portions of six counties: Napa, Solano, Lake, Glenn, Colusa, and Yolo...The Berryessa Snow Mountain NCA campaign originated with the Blue Ridge-Berryessa Natural Area Partnership, (BRBNA) which formed in 1997 to coordinate private and public landmanagers in the region. The BRBNA partnership first met in 1998, when Homestake Mining Company, which owned about 20,000 acres in the region at the time, closed down operations and asked neighbors what to do with the property. Homestake had already arranged with U.C. Davis to convert some of the area into an environmental research reserve. One rancher had the idea of conserving lands beyond Homestake all the way to Colusa County up north.