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From: Jérôme CARTILLIER >
Date: June 18, 2016 at 10:24:36 AM PDT
To: "Desiree N. Barnes" >
Subject: Travel Pool Report #4 - Background from WH
The President and First Family are visiting Yosemite National Park in California. Yosemite was first protected by the Yosemite Grant passed by Congress in 1864 and signed into law by President Lincoln before being transferred to the National Park System upon its establishment 100 years ago. Yosemite, which is 95% wilderness, was the 4th most visited national park in 2015 with roughly 4 million people visiting the park each year.
President Obama’s Conservation Efforts and the Economic Benefits of Public Lands in California
President Obama has also permanently protected more than 2 million acres of public lands in California with the designation of seven national monuments, including the designation of the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument in 2012, the expansion of the California Coastal National Monument and the creation of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument in 2014, the establishment of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument in 2015, and the protection of three monuments in the California desert earlier this year: Mojave Trails National Monument, Sand to Snow National Monument and Castle Mountains National Monument<>https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwixta7Uy6XNAhUGPCYKHYitBhwQFggcMAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.whitehouse.gov%2Fthe-press-office%2F2016%2F02%2F12%2Fpresidential-proclamation-establishment-castle-mountains-national&usg=AFQjCNHesbuiXH8NR4MP-49scLhba41WuA&bvm=bv.124272578,d.eWE<>.
California’s 27 National Parks attract more than 38 million visitors every year, spending more than $1.8 billion and generating more than $2.6 billion in state economic benefits annually. Additionally, California’s outdoor recreation opportunities across the state support hundreds of thousands of jobs and bring in billions in consumer spending. Industry estimates that outdoor recreation in California generates more than $85 billion in consumer spending in the state and supports more than 732,000 jobs.
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