Opportunity for Input Concerning Potential New Monuments

This Tuesday, October 13, at 1pm:

On October 13th, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) will be holding a public meeting to discuss the designation of Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow, and Castle Mountains as national monuments. In attendance will be Department of Interior Deputy Secretary Mike Connor, Undersecretary of Agriculture Robert Bonnie, and other senior officials from the Obama Administration.

If you’re not aware, Feinstein has asked President Obama to unilaterally designate 3 new national monuments in the California desert. She did this because her previous 2 bills, the most recent one this year called the California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act, has gone nowhere in congress. Also, in an attempt to counter both Feinstein’s bill and the monument designations is Congressman Paul Cook’s bill called the California Minerals, Off-Road Recreation, and Conservation Act. If you like the idea of protecting open spaces, as I do, you can get more information from this blog post or go directly to the top link and rsvp. Here is another link, this one associated with the Defenders of Wildlife, to RSVP which includes bus signup.

The location is the Whitewater Preserve, located just west of the 62 turnoff, north of and off of I-10.

Here is a quote from an LA Times article in reference to the lands in question:

Much of the land under consideration was purchased more than a decade ago by private citizens and conservation organizations, then donated to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in anticipation that they would eventually come under protection of national monument status.

~ by r. mulligan on 2015/10/11.

2 Responses to “Opportunity for Input Concerning Potential New Monuments”

  1. Sounds like a good idea to me! Keep the land from getting developed. More areas for possible bouldering.

    • Thanks for you comment. For me, what I love about the desert is the open space, untrammeled open space. Monuments keep things that way.

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