PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA

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Pinnacles is a treasure

By February 1, 2011

EDITOR:

I am writing in support of Pinnacles as a National Park. It is truly a treasure and should be recognized as such.

Every time I visit Pinnacles, I am amazed to find a peaceful wilderness so close to a major urban area (less than an hour from San Jose). The park is home to more than a dozen endangered condors, including a nesting pair. The opportunity to view condors up close reveals the magnificence of these enormous birds.

Also, the park has a huge diversity of wildflowers in the spring. Visit in late March or early April to appreciate that the park is much more than rocks and dust. We often encounter groups of school children and Scouts on the trails learning to appreciate and protect this unique environment. Most of the park staff are volunteers and the campground is operated by a private company, as are most National Park campgrounds.

As Americans, we need to preserve our natural treasures. The National Park system is one of our most valuable assets. I encourage you to go explore Pinnacles this spring and see for yourself.

VIVIAN GADDIE

Placerville

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