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house Bill H.R. 1719

Should Congress Expand the Historic Site Honoring Influential Conservationist John Muir?

Argument in favor

There’s no reason that the Dept. of the Interior shouldn’t accept a donation of 44 acres to expand the John Muir National Historic Site.

CBO estimates doing this will COST NOTHING. It also adds 44 acres to the National Parks System. As a country, we need to start changing our priorities toward saving our planet instead of destroying it.
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Ticktock's Opinion
Yes this adds to the National Parks Systems. Great!
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Lindsay's Opinion
John Muir's work helped save some of our nation's oldest and most iconic landmarks. This will honor his legacy and further our cultural heritage.
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Argument opposed

Before allowing the Dept. of the Interior to accept this donation, Congress should require that they have a plan in place to manage it.

Marilyn's Opinion
Quit spending money on these frivolous honors. We can't keep honoring everybody that does something special.
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Loraki's Opinion
Who's donating the 44 acres??? Did the Cali liberals claim eminent domain to steal somebody's land??? The Feds always have some "good" reason for their land grabs, don't they?! I VOTE NAY!
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Mindy's Opinion
Who donated the land? How will maintenance be included in the current budget?
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What is House Bill H.R. 1719?

This bill would allow the Dept. of the Interior to receive a donation of about 44 acres of land to expand the boundaries of the John Muir National Historic Site, which honors America's most famous naturalist and conservationist. The expansion would occur near Martinez, California (the San Francisco Bay Area) and was identified by surveyors on a map numbered 426/127150 in November 2014.


People who would visit the expanded John Muir National Historic Site, and the Dept. of the Interior.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1719

The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would have no significant effect on the federal budget.

More Information

In-Depth: John Muir was the founder of the Sierra Club and a noted conservationist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He lived in what became a 330 acre National Historic Site named after him from 1890 to 1914 in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Sponsoring Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) introduced this bill to ensure that Californians and other Americans are able to more fully celebrate the life and legacy of John Muir:

"Contra Costa’s own John Muir, the Father of the National Park Service, believed ‘everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.’ Expanding the site where he lived, wrote, and championed conservation efforts is a fitting celebration of his legacy, and will offer nature-goers greater access to enjoy the beauty of the East Bay."

The House Natural Resources Committee passed this bill without objection via unanimous consent. During the last Congress the House passed this legislation on a voice vote, but the bill died in the Senate.


Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user Ray Bouknight)


John Muir National Historic Site Expansion Act

Official Title

To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acquire approximately 44 acres of land in Martinez, California, for inclusion in the John Muir National Historic Site, and for other purposes.

bill Progress

  • EnactedJune 22nd, 2018
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed June 6th, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The house Passed July 11th, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 401 Yea / 15 Nay
      house Committees
      National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedMarch 24th, 2017

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