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Rep. Sam Farr’s Statement
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Formation of the Sanctuary Coalition

Jet Fighter Bomber Range Proposed for

Big Sur San Antonio Valley

The U.S. Navy intends to send 3,000 jet fighters into a cradle of the Santa Lucia Mountains in Big Sur Country for bombing practice. These fighter jets will make 50,000 passes a year in the Valley, and drop 36,000 practice bombs with smoke charges. It is a massive assault on a precious and rare environment and on the heritage homeland of the Salinan Indian. This is not a joke. It is actually happening. We oppose the plan, and invite you to read about it and join us.

Excellent story by London Guardian

Linked Stories and Positions on the issue

LA Times

SF Chronicle Story

Senators Feinstein and Boxer Oppose Bombing Plan – Paul Rogers story

Salinan Statement

Read Kathe Tanner’s Story in SLO Tribune
SLO Tribune Story
Military bombing training in the U.S.Bravo 20 – Navy in Nevada

Coastal Commission Weighs In

California Oak Foundation Takes A Strong Position on Proposal

Ca. Native Plant Society Position

Center for Marine Conservation Letter

Big Sur Land Trust Position 

Spiritual Value of the Wilderness, and Historical Considerations

Ventana Conservation and Land Trust Position

New Camaldoli Hermitage
Salinan Story by Deb Krol

Read Citizens’ Letters to the Navy

Navy “Open House” in King City – Feb. 24, 2001.

For Bombing Range
3 letters for the Navy plan
The Navy Proposal

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What do these jets sound like?


The Navy intends to use a site in the midst of cultural and natural wonders, and next to the Ventana Wilderness.
We urge you to read about the proposal, and how individuals, groups, and newspapers are reacting to it. Our opinion is here in a
Where is Fort Hunter Liggett? Official Map

See Dark Wings Over Big Sur – Coastal Conservancy quarterly magazine online

New DeCinzo Cartoon MetroSantaCruz


A thousand letters have been submitted from this web page. These helped convince the Navy that opposition to the plan was so definitive and strong, that it has to do a complete Environmental Impact Review.

Let’s persuade Congress that this is unwanted, and inappropriate. Your letter will reach Sen. Dianne Feinstein who has vowed to fight the plan. Tell her how you think the Fort Hunter Liggett property should be used.

This ill-conceived proposal has targeted the nucleus of ecosystem integrity for our entire region, including affected areas on both coastal and interior sides of the Coast Ranges, as well as our precious marine environment in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Read the complete letter by Coast Ranges Ecosystem Alliance/Ventana Wildlands Project

Imagine 3.000 jet fighter sorties a year in the wilderness.
Think what a bombing training site would do to one of California’s most unique places.
They intend to bomb the ancestral home of the Salinan Indians. The target is in the heart of the homeland – which has 300 certified archaeological sites, graves, village remnants.
The approach pattern for the jet bombers is over the home of many spiritual retreat centers
As ludicrous as this may seem, it is not a joke. The Navy is serious.

San Antonio Valley in the Morning looking south east from Big Sur Ventana Wilderness


Add your voice to the online Wall of Conscience for the integrity of the Santa Lucia Mountains, San Antonio Valley, Ventana Wilderness and the Big Sur Coast and Country.

The Navy should not be permitted to proceed with a jet fighter bombing range in San Antonio Valley in Big Sur.

San Antonio Valley should be protected as a cultural and ecological reserve.

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Please read our letter and consider writing your own on this issue:

It just came to our attention that you are proceeding with a plan to construct a jet fighter bombing range in Stony Valley of San Antonio Valley. We had hoped the ongoing decrease in military training activity at Fort Hunter Liggett would allow this unique area to become more accessible for learning its extraordinary natural and cultural historical character.

We strongly feel the area should receive more attention for its very special natural history, geological, biological and cultural attributes.

San Antonio Valley is a very rare place. It has a lot to offer us. It is a relatively pristine classic coastal mountain valley. The botany and geology in the valley are extraordinary, and not to be found together like this in any other place. Stony Creek, Stony Valley in San Antonio Valley, and the immediate national forest and wilderness areas, comprise the greatest mass of the unique natural history of California. No place in the hemisphere has such a profound profusion of biodiversity.

More than 55% of all the native plants of California are here – and many exist only here. There is no other place in California that comes close to the incredible degree of botanical variety that has its home in San Antonio Valley and the adjoining forest and mountains. Further, it is a geological wonder. In this valley and the Santa Lucias that surround it, there is one of the most amazing collections of plates and blocks found anywhere on the continent. The San Antonio Valley is the center piece of this geological and biological splendor. The early Spaniards called it La Joya de la Sierra Santa Lucia – the Jewel of the Santa Lucia Mountains. It is a rare and beautiful jewel.

The botanical treasures here are legion. Many of the foremost examples of California’s remarkable trees were discovered here, and their discoverers have made the area legendary in botanical science circles around the world.

Currently there are university study projects underway in the area that are already returning surprising findings -not the least of which is the quantity of previously unknown plants. There has been great anticipation among many to access these natural treasures with the transition of military to park.

The cultural history of this area is extraordinary as well. The Salinan Nation has the heart of its homeland in the Stony Valley, and archeological treasures abound in the immediate area. Their stewardship of the Valley traces back 10,000 years.

The descendants are purposefully recovering their culture at this moment. They were thought to be extinct by anthropologists, for so thorough was Spanish then American cultural imposition. But, they have made a great deal of progress in the recovery of their language and history, and are now embarking on a large project to establish a cultural landscape that will tell of their history in San Antonio Valley. The focus of their vision is the Stony Creek area, as it represent the historical center of their population. Several important institutions are expected to support their project.  

Because it was protected as a hunting preserve by Hearst, and as a military reservation, San Antonio is virtually intact as a predevelopment California coastal mountain valley. The botanical and cultural treasures there make the Valley a rich place to understand and appreciate the real uniqueness of California. There has been damage to Valley by cattle grazing, and the military vehicle training, but it is essentially an integral coastal valley of which there are no others. It has been our hope that the wondrous San Antonio Valley would become a place of learning, so we are very earnest in wanting to participate in the proceedings concerning the Naval proposal.

The area is rich with archaeological heritage of the peaceful Salinan Nation.


Pelican Network pages about the area that will be impacted by a Naval Air Bomb Training Site in San Antonio Valley:

Mission San Antonio de Padua

Sacred Salinan Painted Cave

San Antonio Valley

Nacimiento Road

Ventana Wilderness

Big Sur

Colonies of Elephant Seals at Piedras Blancas will be under the flight path of Navy jet fighter bombers

Once thought to be on the brink of extinction, Condors are now successfully inhabitating their historical habitat in the Santa Lucia coastal range.

Big Sur coast near Nacimiento Road out of San Antonio Valley


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