Palo Alto Resident Receives National Sierra Club Award
SAN FRANCISCO Sept. 23, 2000 Palo Alto resident George Barnes was among
those receiving national awards from the Sierra Club this year.
Barnes received a Special Service Award from the organization for his 30 years of work
to help keep the deserts and other areas of the west wild.
A Californian who has been carefully exploring the California desert since the late
1950s, Barnes played a key role in helping draw the boundaries of wilderness areas for the
California Desert Protection Act of 1994, landmark legislation that increased the levels
of protection on 9 million acres of land by creating two national parks, one national
preserve and 69 Bureau of Land Management wilderness areas.
"It would not be wrong to think that one million of those acres were due to George
Barnes," said Elden Hughes, chair of the Sierra Clubs California/Nevada
Regional Conservation Committee (CNRCC).
Barnes chairs the CNRCCs Death Valley Task Force. For many years, he has
monitored Death Valley National Monument now Death Valley National Park for
activities that would have unacceptable impact on the park. He also has been active in
monitoring and guiding the California Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Program to lessen the
impact these vehicles have on our fragile wildlands.
In the past few years, Barnes has been working to document and map proposed new
wilderness areas in California and Nevada. In California, he has mapped the White
Mountains, a 14,000-foot high range parallel to and east of the Sierra Nevada. His Nevada
inventory work has included the Pequops and several other remote mountain ranges.
The Sierra Club, which was founded in 1892 by John Muir, is the countrys oldest
and largest grassroots environmental organization. It currently has more than 600,000
members. For more information on the Sierra Club, visit their web site at