Schwarzenegger brings clout to Sierra |

Schwarzenegger brings clout to Sierra

The Union photo/John HartAfter signing the Sierra Conservancy Bill along the Bear River, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger gives a "thumbs-up" as dignataries watch. From left: Assemblyman John Laird, state Resources Agency Secretary Mike Chrisman, Cal/EPA Secretary Terry Tamminen and Assemblyman Tim Leslie.
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Standing on a wide gravel bar with the Bear River flowing gently by him, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the Sierra Nevada Conservancy bill this morning to the sound of bipartisan applause.

“California is where the conservation movement began and today we are happy to continue this noble tradition,” Schwarzenegger said. “This is the kind of thing we can do if both parties work together.”

The conservancy will lobby for monies to bolster the Sierra’s ecology and economy, and Nevada County residents are actively seeking to land its headquarters in Nevada City. It was formed by state assemblymen Tim Leslie, R-Tahoe City, and John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, who stood beside the governor as he signed the historic bill

“Bipartisanship takes a big risk to be successful,” Laird said. He applauded former supervisor Izzy Martin and her fellow Sierra Fund members Joey Jordan and Shawn Garvey of Nevada County for being instrumental in forming the conservancy.

Leslie insisted that members of boards of supervisors in the Sierra’s counties be included on the conservancy board and the final version of the law honored his efforts. The conservancy “was built with the radical idea that people who work, live and raise their families here are the front line stewards of the land,” Leslie said.

Several hundred people attended the ceremony near Colfax under heavy security for the Governor who was swept into office last year in the recall of Gov. Gray Davis.

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