Tell President Biden to Protect Sattitla Permanently

Date Posted: June 18, 2024

Posted by: Sierra Nevada Alliance

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Anglers have an opportunity right now to play a vital role in ensuring the Sáttítla resource area – and the exceptional fishing and hunting opportunities it provides - gain permanent protection.

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The Sáttítla/Medicine Lake Highlands area east of Mt. Shasta is a unique complex of public lands that is the source of water for California’s largest spring creek, the Fall River. Yes, that Fall River – the wild trout stream revered for its clear and cold waters, prolific hatches and big chunky rainbows.

Anglers have an opportunity right now to play a vital role in ensuring the Sáttítla resource area – and the exceptional fishing and hunting opportunities it provides — gain permanent protection. The Pit River Tribe is leading a campaign, supported by TU and other sportsmen-conservation groups, to gain national monument designation for these remarkable public lands, whose incredible geologic and hydrologic values filter and store as much rain and snowmelt as California’s 200 largest surface reservoirs combined.

At present the Sáttítla area is national forest land managed for multiple use. Because there are few administrative protections in place for this area – and no legislative protections such as designated Wilderness — Sáttítla’s vast reserve of cold, clean water, and myriad cultural and habitat values, are at risk from a variety of land uses and proposed development. Specifically, the Pit River Tribe and local partners have been fighting proposed industrial-scale geothermal energy development for many years.

Especially in the West, national monument designations help protect public lands with high aquatic and upland habitat values and prime fishing and hunting opportunities, including the Sand to Snow, San Gabriel Mountains, and Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monuments in California. As the warming climate, proposed development, and growing recreational use put ever more pressure on habitat and sporting opportunity, we must act now to better protect places such as Sáttítla, which continue to provide productive water sources and habitat for fish, wildlife and people.

Trout Unlimited is asking that you join Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, and other sportsmen’s conservation groups in urging President Biden to designate Sáttítla as a national monument by the end of this year. Click the link above to support Trout Unlimited and this important designation!

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