Press Release of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer

For Immediate Release:
December 30, 2012  
Washington D.C. Office (202) 224-3553

Boxer Praises Passage of Legislation Creating Pinnacles National Park  

Measure by Congressman Farr and Senator Boxer Will Elevate Pinnacles from a National Monument  

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), today praised the Senate's passage of her bill that 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. 

The legislation, which was first introduced in the House by Congressman Sam Farr, has already passed the House and now goes to President Obama for his signature.  

"I was proud to work with Congressman Farr to recognize Pinnacles as a National Park. Now we will attract even more Americans and visitors from around the world to enjoy this spectacular piece of California's natural and cultural heritage," Senator Boxer said. "The rugged splendor and unique wildlife at Pinnacles have long made this park one of California's greatest treasures, and this bill 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 would also rename 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.