September 16, 2015
The House on Wednesday approved Rep. Mark DeSaulnier's bill to expand the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, sending it on to the U.S. Senate.
H.R. 1289, DeSaulnier's first stand-alone bill as a House member, would add 44 acres of donated land to the existing 330-acre plot, improving access to the park and its scenic trails. DeSaulnier's predecessor, Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, had introduced the same bill last year; the House approved it but the Senate failed to vote on it before adjourning.
This historic site is the place where Muir, the father of the National Park system, championed the revolutionary idea that wild spaces should be set aside for all to enjoy, DeSaulnier, D-Concord, said in his news release. I look forward to seeing this bill passed by the Senate and signed into law.
Linus Eukel, executive director of the John Muir Land Trust, said Muir often walked this land with his two daughters, to admire the coast live oak that grow there, as well as the annual wildflowers that punctuate its grassy hillsides. Expansion of the John Muir Historic Site will forever protect this beautiful property and allow future generations to share in the same delights as Muir's daughters, DeSaulnier's bill has 31 cosponsors from both sides of the aisle. U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., has introduced companion legislation.
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Conservation group buy protects land for addition to John Muir Historic Site in Martinez | Contra Costa Times | August 2014