Capitol Hill Update: Lands Legislation Hearing

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks held its first hearing on lands legislation in the 112th Congress on May 11. Senators heard testimony on more than 20 public lands bills, including two measures to designate over 35,000 acres of wilderness in Michigan and California.

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Conservation and Recreation Act was introduced by Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). This bill will protect some 32,500 acres of wilderness in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on the mainland shore of Lake Michigan. Popular with hunters, anglers, hikers and boaters, the area features a very diverse landscape including miles of beaches, forests, and awe-inspiring sand dunes that can reach 400 feet in height.

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Conservation and Recreation Act

The Pinnacles National Park Act, introduced by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), will designate the area around Pinnacles National Monument in California as a National Park. It will also expand the existing almost 16,000 acre Pinnacles Wilderness by 2,715 acres and rename it the Hain Wilderness, in honor of Schuyler Hain, an early homesteader whose efforts to protect the area led to the establishment by President Theodore Roosevelt of Pinnacles National Monument in 1908.

The Pinnacles National Park Act