Beauty Mountain and Agua Tibia in California
The existing Beauty Mountain and Agua Tibia Wilderness Areas are made up of more than 30,000 acres of rock formations, chaparral, canyons, and unique wildlife habitat in Riverside County. Their proximity to San Diego makes their natural beauty accessible to the growing, diverse population of the city. It is a favorite area of day hikers, equestrians, and other outdoor recreation enthusiasts.
Protecting the Beauty Mountain and Agua Tibia areas has bipartisan support. In fact, on the very first day of the 112th Congress, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) introduced the Beauty Mountain and Agua Tibia Act (H.R. 41) to expand both wilderness areas by a total of 21,000 acres. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced companion legislation (S. 1574) in the Senate in September 2011.
Both Congress and the Obama administration have ample opportunity for the remainder of 2012 to protect some of America’s best places. All of the areas outlined above have local—and frequently bipartisan—support. It’s time for policymakers to take the next step and ensure that these special places are preserved for future generations to enjoy and appreciate.
This post was originally published by the Center for American Progress.
Photo from andrew c mace via flickr
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