August 21, 1999

In his radio address today, President Clinton announced a landmark agreement to protect 9,300 acres adjoining Yellowstone National Park - a critical step to preserve the park's famed bison and geysers. Below are other natural or historic sites acquired this year by federal agencies:


Big Sur Ecosystem - Sea Vista Ranch property. Over 200 acres on the ocean-facing slope of the Santa Lucia Mountains adjacent to the Los Padres National Forest. Will provide coordinated protection of, and public access to, this significant resource area along California's scenic Highway 1, as well as habitat for species including the peregrine falcon and Santa Lucia fir tree.


Conundrum Creek - Over 400 acres of mineral and timber rights in this popular wilderness area in the White River National Forest, eight miles south of Aspen. Will remove the threat of quarry operations incompatible with wilderness values.


Cumberland Island National Seashore - Over 1100 acres of the Greyfield North tract, the largest private tract on this island. Acquisition will prevent development and ensure management in keeping with the unspoiled nature of the island.

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site - Two historic residences on either side of Martin Luther King's birth home on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta. The Administration also has requested $5 million in fiscal year 2000 to acquire much of the remaining historical area, including the chapel, Freedom Hall, and the crypt and eternal flame.


Salmon Wild and Scenic River - Easements for Shepp Ranch and Yellow Pine Bar, two key riverfront properties along the Salmon River. This will prevent development, permit continued public access, and retain the undisturbed character necessary for bald eagle, steelhead, and Chinook salmon habitat.


Huron-Maniatee National Forest -- Over 5000 acres offered by Consumers Power in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. Will permit continued public access for recreation along scenic trails and wild and scenic rivers, as well as critical wildlife habitat.


Royal Teton Ranch - Will protect about 8000 acres adjacent to Yellowstone National Park through a combination of acquisition, conservation easements and land exchanges. Land will be owned and managed by the Gallatin National Forest, and will provide critical migration corridors for Yellowstone bison, elk, bighorn sheep, antelope and mule deer, as well as increased public access to these spectacular lands. Will also protect Yellowstone's hot springs and geysers from harm due to development of geothermal wells outside the park.

Lindberg Lake - About 1800 acres offered by Plum Creek Timber Company, including five miles of shoreline on Lindberg Lake adjacent to Flathead National Forest. Will protect against development and ensure water quality, continued public access and recreation, and habitat for bald eagle and grizzly bear.

Gallatin National Forest - Over 4000 acres offered by Big Sky Lumber Company in the Taylor Fork area in southwestern Montana. Will protect against development between Yellowstone National Park and the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, provide backcountry recreation opportunities, and provide habitat for elk, moose and grizzly bear.


Bandelier National Monument - Over 80 acres of the Elk Meadows subdivision which will be added to Bandelier to prevent development, protect the headwaters of the Upper Alamo Watershed which drains into the Monument, and protect the historic sites and petroglyphs within the Monument.


Pacific Northwest Streams - Over 900 acres in Oregon and Washington adjacent to various national forests and important to the protection of at-risk Northwest fish stocks including salmon and steelhead.


Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge - Protection from development of a corridor from Falcon Dam to the mouth of the Rio Grande. Includes wetlands, barrier islands, and eleven distinct biotic communities with habitat for 17 threatened or endangered species including peregrine falcon, Texas tortoise, and brown pelican.


Wisconsin Wild Waterways - The Forest Lodge (Burke) property in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forests on the shoreline of Namekagon Lake. Part of a Forest Service effort to protect undeveloped lakeshores in Wisconsin to enhance public recreation and protect bald eagle habitat and sensitive plant species.