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Obama Gives Monument Status To 100-Mile Range In California

Eric Risberg / AP

A picnic area is seen along Lake Berryessa with parts of California's newest national monument in the background Friday, July 10, 2015, near Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, Calif.

Eric Risberg / AP

(AP) - California has a new national monument: a swath of gold and green coastal range that stretches more than 100 miles and is home to bears, badgers, mountain lions and a host of other wildlife.

President Barack Obama designated the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument during a ceremony in Washington on Friday. Extending from Snow Mountain in Mendocino County to Yolo County near Sacramento, the 331,000-acre monument spans inner-coast mountains, wetlands and waterways.

Supporters say the new designation will help a range of native species cope with the habitat alterations of climate change. Monument advocate Bob Schneider says the region also includes 12,000-year-old Indian artifacts.

The monument designation excludes the landmark for which the area is best-known locally - Lake Berryessa, a reservoir created in the 1950s.