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Local community applauds new north San Diego County Wilderness Bill

SAN DIEGO - Local residents cheered the introduction of U.S. Representative Darrell Issa’s (R-Vista) Beauty Mountain and Agua Tibia Wilderness Act of 2009 which will protect as wilderness more than 21,000 acres of Beauty Mountain and Agua Tibia in north San Diego County.

The legislation will add over 7,000 acres of public land to the existing Agua Tibia Wilderness and expand the Beauty Mountain Wilderness by an additional 13,635 acres.

Last March, portions of Beauty Mountain and Agua Tibia in Riverside County were protected as wilderness by legislation sponsored by Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Palm Springs) and signed into law by President Barack Obama.

“This legislation will protect and preserve lands for use by current and future generations,” said Rep. Issa. “Many of my constituents and their families who live near these lands will be able to enjoy and use them.”

Characterized by deep canyons and coastal sage scrub, Agua Tibia is annually enjoyed by thousands of hikers and equestrians who travel through the region via the rugged Cutca Trail. Beauty Mountain is a scenic jewel draped in chaparral, fascinating rock formations and oak woodlands. Both areas provide endless recreational opportunities as well as pristine wildlife habitat.

Rep. Issa’s legislation, HR 4304, has been praised by area business leaders, government officials and conservationists who agree that protecting these public lands boosts local tourism and the recreation-based economy, and ensures that their magnificent scenery, outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities, and rich wildlife habitat are conserved for future generations to visit and enjoy.

 

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