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Buoyed by success of recent lands bill, lawmakers propose wilderness designation for Carrizo Plain

As the wildflowers in the Carrizo Plain reach peak bloom, an effort to permanently protect the landmark and about 170,000 additional acres of public lands from Los Angeles to Monterey counties is being renewed in Washington, D.C.

On Wednesday, Central Coast Congressman Salud Carbajal re-introduced the Central Coast Heritage Protection Act, which would designate, among other areas, nearly 80,000 acres near the Carrizo Plain National Monument as new wilderness land, a designation that would protect the areas and natural watershed from oil drilling and other human impacts.

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