U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Central Coast Field Office|
Originally referred to as the "Ventana Wilderness Additions" to the U.S. Forest Service Los Padres National Forest - Ventana Wilderness, these lands are the Bureau of Land Management Central Coast Field Office's only formally classified Wilderness. Collectively the additions came from CA-040-305A Black Butte RARE II Contiguous (40 acres "Anastasia Canyon"), CA-040-308 Ventana Wilderness Contiguous (680 acres "Black Rock"), and a very small portion of CA-040-305B Bear Mountain RARE II Contiguous (16 acres "Horse Canyon").
Wilderness Study Areas
The following descriptions are for lands that were inventoried for Wilderness in 1979 (Final Intensive Inventory: Public Lands Administered by BLM California outside the California Desert Conservation Area: Wilderness) but were only classified as "Wilderness Study Areas" or "WSAs."
The Bureau of Land Management Pinnacles Wilderness (formerly designated as Pinnacles Wilderness (CA-040-303) - 5,838 acres) passed from Bureau of Land Management ownership and became a welcome addition to the National Park Service Pinnacles National Park in 2000.
One tool used to preserve America’s natural heritage is the Antiquities Act, which allows a President to create national monuments on federal land to protect "objects of historic and scientific interest." The Act was first used by President Theodore Roosevelt who created the Grand Canyon National Monument which later became Grand Canyon National Park.
The Antiquities Act authority was used to create a 7,900 acre expansion of Pinnacles National Park to preserve unique geologic formations, the watershed, and important habitat for species including golden eagles, prairie falcons, red-tailed hawks and the California Condor.