PISMO BEACH, Calif. - Rep. Salud Carbajal, D-Santa Barbara, visited a butterfly grove in Pismo Beach on Monday.
He wrote a letter to the US Fish and Wildlife service urging them to protect the rapidly declining monarch butterfly population.
This comes in light of the federal agency deciding to not list the monarch butterfly as threatened or endangered under provisions of the Endangered Species Act.
"I feel I have a responsibility that I am doing everything possible with our state partners, local nonprofits, local governments to protect this monarch butterfly from going extinct," says Carbajal.
The Monarch butterflies were denied federal protection in December 2020.