Proposed Desert Monument Designations
Proposal would designate Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains national monuments
Senator invites senior administration officials to hear public input on desert conservation
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) will host a public meeting on October 13 on proposed national monument designations in the California desert. The meeting will take place at the Wildlands Conservancy’s Whitewater Preserve at 2 p.m. near Palm Springs and is open to the public.
On August 3, Feinstein sent a letter to President Obama requesting he use his authority under the Antiquities Act to designate three new national monuments: Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains.
This request is consistent with the senator’s longstanding efforts to protect these areas legislatively. Feinstein is committed to hearing local community voices on their conservation goals for these areas and has invited senior administration officials to be present at the public meeting.
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Below are maps for the proposed national monuments:
- Statewide California map
- Southern California map
- Proposed Mojave Trails National Monument
- Proposed Sand to Snow National Monument
- Proposed Castle Mountains National Monument
Earlier this year, Feinstein introduced the California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act of 2015, a comprehensive bill to protect pristine land and help manage California’s desert resources by carefully balancing conservation, recreation and renewable energy development. National monument designations are included in this legislation, in addition to many other provisions.
“My preference remains to pass the legislation in full,” Feinstein said. “However, as it has not yet passed the Senate, I am forced to pursue a dual-track strategy, which means I will simultaneously push for my bill to become law while also pursuing the administrative designations under the Antiquities Act.”
For Immediate Release:
October 6, 2015
Contact: Dean Lieberman