PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, November 16, 2015

PBS Episode on Capps/Boxer Central Coast Wilderness effort

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Nov. 3, 2015) – Area residents working to protect public lands along the
Central Coast will be featured in the next episode of This American Land, an environmental news
program carried by PBS stations nationwide.
The show, which airs on KCET television Tuesday and Wednesday, November 10 and 12, will highlight
the Central Coast Wild Heritage campaign’s efforts to safeguard parts of the Los Padres National Forest
and the Carrizo Plain National Monument.
View a preview of the segment online here:
The episode will air on stations across California in the coming months. Please check your local listings
for times and dates.
Local businesses, community leaders and conservationists are backing a proposal by Representative Lois
Capps (D-CA), the Central Coast Heritage Protection Act, that would protect 245,500 acres of wilderness,
create two scenic areas encompassing 34,500 acres, and safeguard 159 miles of wild and scenic rivers.
These protections would help sustain the area’s quality of life, ensuring clean water for communities,
conserving valuable wildlife habitat, and stimulating a vibrant local economy. Full support list can be
found at:
Hans Cole, of Patagonia Inc., who appears in the segment, said “All these hills and canyons that lead
down to the coast are particularly important to us. Not only for their recreation value, but also because
this is the source of our drinking water for the city of Ventura. It’s a real basic need that this place fulfills
for us.”
The show follows retired fly fisherman Joe Richey who said, “Piru Creek is the finest piece of nature in
this part of Southern California. It’s virtually untouched. Almost every turn in the river holds fish. The
W&S designation in my estimation is critical. Without it, people could build a dam. People could drill oil
Rancher Coralie McMillan said, “We have to always be careful to keep the wilderness intact. We’re
keepers. And while I’m the keeper now, my children, your children, you will be the keeper next, because
it’s generational.”
The varied terrain of California’s central coast makes possible a wide range of recreational
opportunities. Visitors from all over come to the Los Padres National Forest and the adjoining Carrizo
Plain National Monument to enjoy hiking, backpacking, camping, bird watching, horseback riding,
hunting, fishing, kayaking, and mountain biking in these rugged coastal mountains and ecologically rich
Central Coast Wild Heritage is a coalition of businesses, organizations, and concerned citizens in Santa
Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura counties working to protect the Central Coast of California for
future generations. For the last five years, we have been working on identifying wild lands and rivers
suitable for permanent protections and working with stakeholders and forest users to protect more of
our invaluable wild back-country. For more information, visit
The Central Coast Wild Heritage campaign includes, California Wilderness Coalition, Environment
California, Friends of the River, Keep the Sespe Wild, Los Padres ForestWatch, The Pew Charitable Trusts,
and The Wilderness Society. Learn more at


Matt Sayles,
805.861.8170 (cell)
Laura Albers,
805.550.4222 (cell)

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