December 2009 Congressional Update on Wilderness Bills
Author: teddygirl | Sunday January 10, 2010
The following is from Campaign for Americas Wilderness, an organization that is working to achieve lasting protection for threatened wild lands.
As fall weather and the holiday season swept into the nation’s capital, the march to protect America’s great natural landscapes continued.
On November 17, the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands held a hearing on Representative Sam Farr's (D-CA) Pinnacles National Park Act (H.R. 3444). This legislation would add almost 3,000 acres of new wilderness within Pinnacles National Monument. H.R. 3444 establishes the national monument as a national park and renames the Pinnacles Wilderness area as the Hain Wilderness. Schuyler Hain was an early homesteader whose efforts to protect the area eventually led to the Pinnacles National Monument designated by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908.
Protection for this area will preserve the chaparral, grasslands, blue oak woodlands, many unique flora and fauna, and the ancestral and cultural history of Native Americans.
Rep. Farr also introduced legislation to protect parts of the Big Sur region along the California coast. H.R. 4040, the Big Sur Forest Service Management Unit Act, would create a Big Sur Management Unit in the Los Padres National Forest. The bill adjusts and expands the boundaries of the Ventana and Silver Peak wilderness areas, and protects twelve different waterways as wild and scenic rivers. These wildlands, rivers, and streams possess outstanding recreational, cultural, ecological, and scenic values.
The Big Sur Management Unit would be home to endangered California red-legged frog, threatened steelhead, and Southwestern pond turtles.
We look forward to congress soon taking action on these two bills to protect some of the natural and recreational resources the northern California coast has to offer.
For more information, visit Campaign for Americas Wilderness website.