Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is pleased to announce that the Senate passed H.R. 3632, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area Boundary Adjustment Act of 2000 (GGNRA), last night by voice vote. The bill, introduced by Rep. Pelosi, Lantos, and Woolsey, along with the support of the entire Bay Area delegation, passed the House of Representatives in September under the suspension calendar by a vote of 333-68.
"The GGNRA is a vital part of the community and culture in the Bay Area," Pelosi remarked. "The boundary expansion will allow visitors better access to the existing areas of the park and will insure more efficient management of the natural resources in the park."
H.R. 3632 will expand the boundaries of the GGNRA by adding some 1,000 acres of undeveloped land to the park area - 900 acres in San Mateo County, primarily in Pacifica, 95 acres in Marin County and 2 acres in San Francisco. About half of the total cost of acquiring these new lands will be provided by donations of land by local government and private non-profit conservation organizations.
The GGNRA is the most popular urban national park in the world, hosting over 19 million visitors a year, the largest visitation of any national park.