(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.