In 2015, the Winters Chamber of Commerce and environmental groups including The Wilderness Society and Conservation Lands Foundation were advocating for presidential designation of a new national monument in Northern California. While proponents had made a strong argument to establish the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument and had gained the support of a significant number of state legislators and regional leaders, the group sought to reveal the economic benefits of designation, to improve the appeal of the proposal in Washington.
EPS’s report, Economic Impact Analysis: Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument Designation, played an important role highlighting positive economic effects and building support for the designation. In this study, EPS quantified spending and employment that likely will result from the elevation of Berryessa Snow Mountain to national monument status. EPS found that the designation could stimulate visitation to the area, increase tourism spending, and generate a gain of nearly $26 million in economic activity and nearly $500,000 in tax revenue for local communities over five years.
In July 2015, President Barack Obama announced designation of the Berryessa Snow Mountain region as a national monument. EPS estimates of the economic effect of the designation have been cited by the White House, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and newspapers across the country.