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National park bill passes House

Legislation to upgrade the Pinnacles National Monument to a national park passed the House of Representatives on a voice vote Tuesday.

The Pinnacles National Park Act, H.R. 3641, was introduced by Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel, last year and co-sponsored by Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Atwater.

The bill now moves to the U.S. Senate.

Farr said the Pinnacles' 26,000 acres is "a rare California gem" with unique geology, cultural history, recreational opportunities and wildlife.

The Pinnacles, named a national monument in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt, would be the nation's 59th national park.

To attract Republican support, part of the bill to expand wilderness in the Pinnacles by 3,000 acres was dropped.