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    Back Issues Volume 41, Number 6, 2002                
Big Sur Wilderness Bill Passes Congress Big Sur Wilderness Bill Passes Congress
Both houses of the U.S. Congress have approved Representative Sam Farr’s Big Sur Wilderness and Conservation Act of 2002 which would protect about 55,000 acres of Central Coast land as wilderness. As we go to press the bill is on the desk of President Bush who is expected to sign it.

The bill represents the largest wilderness additions in California since the 1994 California Desert Protection Act and the first new wilderness in Monterey County in ten years. It will increase the wilderness area in the county by nearly 25%, adding over 34,000 acres to the Ventana Wilderness and more than doubling the size of the Silver Peak Wilderness with over 17,000 additional acres. The bill also designates over 2,700 acres in Pinnacles National Monument ... [more]

Help educate California officials on importance of protecting wildlands and rivers
From the north coast’s King Range to Death Valley, from the bristlecone pine forests of the White Mountains to Sequoia and Kings Canyon, California has an amazing array of wildlands. But we are losing our remaining wild areas at a rapid rate, and new threats arise every day. Last summer, the Bush administration announced plans to drill for oil and gas in pristine roadless areas near Santa Barbara ... [more]

Added highway lanes canít fix congestion
What’s your vision of the future in Santa Cruz County? Do you see miles of stop-and-go traffic surrounded by high, concrete block walls on a multi-laned Highway 1? Do you see our communities paved over with parking lots and garages? Or, would you like to see a bike and walking trail along the Union Pacific tracks? How about a unique mass transit system such as a quiet coastal trolley? Would you like to live close to your workplace and shopping so you could just walk along wider, tree-shaded sidewalks? ... [more]
Added highway lanes can’t fix congestion

Work for healthy forests
Clear cutting in California forests has increased by 225% since 1994. In the Sierra Nevada the increase is over 2000%. All major streams in the northern third of the state, have been declared impaired under the Clean Water Act, primarily because of pollution from clear cuts, which includes toxic herbicides and silt. All major streams in Santa Cruz County have also been declared impaired as a result of sediment from logging and other roads ... [more]

Santa Cruz bans commercial logging in watershed
The Santa Cruz City Council approved unanimously on November 12 a motion to end commercial logging on 3,880 acres of city-owned watershed lands that serve as the source of drinking water for Santa Cruz. “This is a huge victory,” said Council member Keith Sugar. “We have designated the largest chunk of forest land outside of State Parks in our county off-limits to logging,” he continued ... [more]

Marine Reserve designation to protect Channel Islands ecosystem
In late October the California Fish & Game Commission voted to ban fishing from 175 square miles of State-controlled waters around the five Channel Islands off Santa Barbara. The Channel Islands have been designated as a National Park, a National Marine Sanctuary, and a United Nations Biosphere Reserve because of their awesome beauty and spectacular diversity of life. Yet before Fish and Game’s landmark vote, less than one percent of the sanctuary was fully protected and off-limits to fishing ... [more]

Other Articles

> Sierra Club huts provide fun for skiers
> New website allows public to focus on California coast
> Current exhibits at Steinbeck Center feature Ansel Adams photos
> Legislative report from Sierra Club California
> Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
> Judge rejects Bush administration’s attempts to delay disclosure of energy documents
> Janie Figen: consummate activist | 1927-2002
> Jonathan Libby joins Open Space Alliance as new director
> Local group expands efforts to save manta rays
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