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http://blog.sfgate.com/nov05el....al-park

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Very exciting!

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I saw this an hour or so ago in the news, but I have no idea where it is or what it offers.  I guess I need to look it up.  

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Great.  Can't have too many National Parks, IMO.

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I went a few years back - it offers fabulous hiking, geology, scenery and wildlife :)

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Zeke, it's just a couple hours south of me.  Stop by and we can all go for the weekend:)

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When those plans were input several months ago, a number of us criticized via news site reader comments plans because we did not think the area's features rose to the level of what ought to be worthy of National Park status.   Not something I feel is a big deal one way or the other but worth my two cents.   However it was obvious for political reasons those in control would get it pushed through.     California already has 8 national parks and several more national monuments and national recreation area, many national forests, and a large state park system.  

The park is quite enjoyable from February into May when spring greenery and wildflowers are about, streams have water, temperatures pleasant, and animals and birds are enjoying the abundant time of year.    Rock climbers tend to use the park all year.   Kids love the caves.  

However from June through September the dominant chaparral vegetation in the park is all dried and brown, streams dried up, and weather hot.   Also the main volcanic outcrops features is a rather small area compared to what we usually equate as a set of features in national parks.  Much of the park area within boundaries is trailess chaparral that has burned several times during the last two centuries.   We have a considerable number of Europeans and Asians tourist visiting California parks each year and some will now be led into the new park.    Most will probably enjoy the nearby Monterey Peninsula and Point Lobos far more.   Will be interesting to see how this plays out.


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Well, I'm one of the few who think we need to preserve our chaparral areas - being brown in the summer and prone to fire, yeah that they are.  But, did you know that chaparral ecosystems only cover about 5% of the the land area on Earth, but support 25% of its plant/animal species?  They are incredibly diverse areas worthy of protection - and exploration :)  

What I've found is wonderful is you'll be hiking along a south-facing chaparral hillside and it all looks pretty dry and, well, prickly.  Then you 'round the corner and go onto a north-facing hillside and suddenly you find moss and mushrooms and ferns - it's marvelous!


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Well, I'm one of the few who think we need to preserve our chaparral areas - being brown in the summer and prone to fire, yeah that they are.  But, did you know that chaparral ecosystems only cover about 5% of the the land area on Earth, but support 25% of its plant/animal species?  They are incredibly diverse areas worthy of protection - and exploration :)  

What I've found is wonderful is you'll be hiking along a south-facing chaparral hillside and it all looks pretty dry and, well, prickly.  Then you 'round the corner and go onto a north-facing hillside and suddenly you find moss and mushrooms and ferns - it's marvelous!

I agree.

Pinnacles may not be quite up to the usual for National Parks, but I'm glad it got more protection.


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Yes, I believe there was hope that there might be a proposal to reorganize the nomenclature for the national park system, but I don't think that ever happened.  There are several national parks, notably Cuyahoga Valley, which were controversial as not meeting the usual "standard" and this seems to be one of those as well but probably more worthy than Cuyahoga Valley.

The one big worth proposal out there IMO is the proposed Maine North Woods NP.  The lady who owns Burt's Bees has bought up a bunch of land and proposed making it a NP.  I hope somehow that might happen some day as she's made efforts to work with hunters, etc... but I'm not up on the latest on it.  That's one I'd love to visit if it came to be.
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IMO, a "National Park" status will not help this area as much as a wilderness designation would of. National Parks are HIGHLY overrated in terms of preserving wildness...

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a good article "A Brief History of Pinnacles National Park"

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I think what I struggle with is I keep hearing about suggestions of closing things like Biscayne NP and we just added another. I am fine with bringing on and protecting more treasures of this country. Just don't want to ignore any current parks to get some Europeans to visit.
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