- Created on Thursday, 10 January 2013 20:11
- Written by Imperial Valley News
Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today praised President Obama for signing the Pinnacles National Park Act into law. This legislation will elevate the Pinnacles National Monument to a National Park, a change that will draw more national recognition and tourism to an area of California renowned for its natural beauty.
This legislation was introduced in the Senate by Senator Boxer and in the House by Congressman Sam Farr.
“I thank President Obama for signing this bill, which will help us attract even more visitors from around the world to one of California’s greatest treasures,” Senator Boxer said. “Pinnacles is renowned for its spectacular beauty and unique wildlife, and elevating it to a National Park will ensure that it gets the recognition it deserves while also boosting the area’s tourism economy.”
Established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908, the Pinnacles National Monument was originally 2,500 acres. Now it encompasses 26,000 acres of diverse California wildlands and spectacular volcanic rock formations.
The Pinnacles are already a global destination for naturalists and outdoor enthusiasts, who are attracted by the park’s scenic trails, natural resources and some of the most unique rock-climbing in the world. They are also home to diverse wildlife, including the critically endangered California condor.
The area holds cultural significance for several of California's Native American tribes and it served as a backdrop for John Steinbeck's “Of Mice and Men” and “East of Eden.” The legislation also renames the current Pinnacles Wilderness as the Hain Wilderness after Schuyler Hain, an early conservationist whose efforts led to the establishment of the Monument.
Supporters of the legislation by Senator Boxer and Congressman Farr include the Wilderness Society, the California Wild Heritage Campaign and the California Wilderness Project.