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Yosemite would grow by 1,600 acres

Yosemite National park would grow by 1,600 acres under a bill introduced Tuesday by Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno.

The bill would allow the National Park Service to buy the Mariposa County land through an existing program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The land was originally part of Yosemite, but Congress stripped its protection in a 1906 concession to industrial interests. The land is near a development called Yosemite West and reportedly was part of naturalist John Muir’s original plan for Yosemite.

“This is a great day for Yosemite,” said Nathan Weaver with Environment California. “We applaud work by California’s leaders to preserve and strengthen one of the most beautiful places in California and the world.”

The current landowners, Pacific Forest Trust and a partnership of private individuals, support the land transfer. And a coalition of state leaders supports expanding Yosemite. The California State Senate passed a resolution last week to show support for expansion.

Responses

John Keyes says:

More land for the Agenda 21 people.

matthew hornacek says:

how can the government afford THE LAND and THE MONEY TO MAINTAIN a proper firesupression next to a residential community? without it properly maintained will the park take the liability{photos are documenting current conditions} to outlying YOSEMITE WEST? Federal budget for 2013+ show a DECLINE in funding of wildlife thinning and clearing,but locals are trying to sell the community of INCREASED clearing? Budget for firefighters{staff cut by nearly 1/2} have been cut for 2013+ but funding for more land purchasing? More area,less fighters? Where are prioritites? Private funding? Monies SHOULD be used for repair/staffing of EXSISTING programs not taking on MORE responsibilites that are UNDERFUNDED

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