Earlier this year, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) introduced the Yosemite National Park Boundary Expansion Act of 2013, a bill to expand the park’s boundary. Senator Barbara Boxer (D) joined the bill as an original cosponsor.
The legislation expands Yosemite National Park by approximately 1,600 acres of land.
Supporting Boxer and Feinstein in their quest to have the Federal Government take over local land, is Republican California Assembly Members Frank Bigelow, Kristin Olsen and State Senator Tom Berryhill (who authored the state Resolution).
Opposing this measure is Republican US Congressman Tom McClintock.
Supporting Bigelow, Olsen, Feinstein, Boxer and Berryhill (on this issue) is the Sierra Club and Environment California.
Currently Yosemite National Park is closed due to the Government shutdown.
If this land was already a part of the Park, the Feds would have closed this area due to the Government shutdown. Also, if this 1600 acres becomes a part of the Park, the public will be charged fees for entering into the area.
Watch this video to see why local Republicans are excited about allowing the Federal Government to have control of this land.