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Secretary Salazar, Congressman Farr to Celebrate Establishment of Pinnacles National Park
Ceremony to Commemorate Legislation President Obama Signed to Elevate Monument to Become 59th National Park
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PAICINES, CA – On Monday, February 11, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will join U.S. Representative Sam Farr, California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird, National Park Service (NPS) Pacific West Regional Director Chris Lehnertz and other local officials to celebrate the establishment of Pinnacles National Park, which last month was elevated from a national monument to become the nation's 59th national park through legislation authored by Farr and U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and signed by President Obama.
After touring the park, Salazar will highlight the economic importance of Pinnacles, which welcomed more than 343,000 visitors last year who spent an estimated $4.8 million and supported 48 jobs in the local economy.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar U.S. Representative Sam Farr California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird NPS Pacific West Regional Director Chris Lehnertz
Monday, February 11, 2013 2:30 p.m. PDT – press assembly deadline for tour (Assemble at Pinnacles Campground via East Entrance) 3:45 p.m. PDT – ceremony
Pinnacles National Park Pinnacles Campground (via East Entrance) Paicines, CA
Credentialed news media are invited to cover the tour and the ceremony. Members of the media attending the tour must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5:00 PM PDT on February 8, 2013, to secure space.