Stimulus Bill Delivers $1 Million for Pinnacles
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
It's already got priceless views, but the soaring, jagged landscape of Pinnacles National Monument is about to get a little richer—with more than $1 million for construction from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The money will fund deferred maintenance projects at Pinnacles, including: overlook and connector trails to the West Pinnacles visitor station, new retaining walls for utility lines and six miles of fencing to protect sensitive park lands, according to a press release from the office of Congressman Sam Farr (D-Carmel).
The Jawbone trail and overlook will be the park's first trail on the west side to be accessible to people with disabilities, according to Pinnacles National Monument Superintendent Eric Brunnemann. The fencing is intended to keep invasive animals out of sensitive riparian areas.
The Pinnacles improvements are among almost 800 National Park Service projects funded by the stimulus bill, to the tune of $750 million.