Re "Protecting region's special places is good for tourism, businesses" (Viewpoints, April 2): Protecting special places increases recreation opportunities encourages tourism, and supports local businesses. That's why I was pleased to see that Winters business owner John Pickerel wrote in to show his support for protecting the Berryessa Snow Mountain region as a National Conservation Area.
Recent economic studies have found that communities near public lands have seen an increase in real personal income and new jobs after the area was protected. A National Conservation Area covering the Berryessa Snow Mountain region could give us a much needed economic boost. Based on these factors, I am delighted that the Yolo County Board of Supervisors recently adopted a resolution to support this proposal.
Passing legislation to permanently protect the region is good for the environment, local communities, rural economies and most importantly, is a gift to future generations. I hope to see this bill move forward quickly.
-- Don Saylor, Yolo County Supervisor, Davis