By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) voted last night for H.R. 1838, the Clear Creek National Recreation Area and Conservation Act. Cook is a cosponsor of this bipartisan bill which passed the House unanimously.
H.R. 1838 establishes the Clear Creek National Recreation Area in San Benito and Fresno Counties, California. Specifically, this legislation requires the reopening of the Clear Creek Management Area (CCMA) for recreational use and re-designates it as a National Recreation Area.
In addition, the bill requires the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to develop a plan to minimize the risk from naturally occurring asbestos exposure, educate visitors about asbestos-associated health risks, reduce environmental impacts from off-highway vehicles (OHV) use, and develop a permanent management plan.
Rep. Cook said, “This bill will ensure that we safely reopen the Clear Creek area which is an important destination in California for off-road use and other recreation. It’s crucial that we keep our public lands available for public use and this bill ensures just that.”
A member of the House Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.