Protect Coveted Park from Mine Expansion


Target: John McDowell, Deputy Planning Director of Napa County Planning Commission

Goal: Stop the expansion of a gravel mine from negatively impacting a neighboring wilderness park.

A mining company seeks to expand operations into a nearby wilderness park. The quarry would increase in acreage and hope to double in production. The expansion would scar the land and endanger local wildlife and plant habitat. Treasured hiking trails would be displaced. Take action now to protect and preserve this coveted natural recreational area.

The Skyline Wilderness Park is Napa, California’s largest outdoor recreational area. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy miles of trail systems for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. However, the quarry nearby seeks to expand and encroach upon the park’s boundary. This surface mine, known as the Syar Napa Quarry, wants to expand 124 acres to mine for basalt, rhyolite, and tuff, which are materials used for concrete. Syar also hopes to expand production from one million tons annually to two million tons annually for 35 years.

Syar Napa Quarry already disturbs residential neighbors with noise pollution and traffic. The mine’s growth will cause a loss of oaks, a reduction of natural wildlife habitat, and an increase of greenhouse gas emissions from traffic and equipment use. This development will disrupt riparian zones and wetland habitat.

California’s wild is shrinking. The quarry’s proximity to this natural area is extremely alarming; an expansion is reckless. State-protected wildlife such as white-tailed kite, the northern harrier, and the golden eagle live in Napa’s Skyline Wilderness. This habitat must be preserved. By signing this petition, you are urging Napa’s Planning Commission to deny Syar Napa Quarry’s request for expansion.


Dear Director McDowell,

The commission must understand the importance of preserving Napa’s natural areas. The Syar Napa Quarry’s request for expansion threatens Skyline Wilderness Park. The park is Napa’s largest and most coveted outdoor recreational area. The park is home to a variety of California’s native plant and wildlife. The commission must act to preserve this treasured land.

This surface mine already causes noise pollution and traffic in the area. The 124-acre expansion will threaten riparian zones and wetlands. More surface mining will destroy plant and wildlife habitat. State-protected plant and animal species reside within the park’s boundaries such as the golden eagle and northern harrier. The surface quarry’s location is already alarming enough without the idea of an invasive expansion plan. Please take action to protect Skyline Wilderness. I urge you to deny Syar’s destructive development project.


[Your Name Here]

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