SACRAMENTO -- State lawmakers are supporting a proposal to expand Yosemite National Park by 1,600 acres, restoring land stripped of its protection by Congress in 1906.
The state Senate approved a resolution this week that asks the federal government to approve the expansion.
“This is a great day for Yosemite,” said Nathan Weaver, a spokesman for Environment California, which supported the resolution. “We applaud work by California’s leaders to preserve and strengthen Yosemite, one of the world’s most beautiful” parks.
Weaver said the land transfer is supported by the current owners, a partnership of private owners and Pacific Forest Trust, which purchased the property to protect it from developers.
Senate Joint Resolution 5 was introduced by state Sen. Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte), whose district includes the park.
"Yosemite National Park is one of the crown jewels in our National Parks System," Berryhill said in a statement after the vote. "For those of us that live in its shadow, it is a not only a source of great pride, it also means jobs. Adding this 1,600-acre area to the Park is the right thing to do, both for the integrity of the Park and Sierra National Forest, as well as to protect the interests and finances of Mariposa County.”