Proposed National Monuments Set to Expand Protection of Mojave Desert Lands

"Petroglyphs" by John Fowler licensed under CC BY 2.0
“Petroglyphs” by John Fowler licensed under CC BY 2.0

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Leading a massive effort to protect lands connected to the Mojave Desert, California Senator Dianne Feinstein is well on her way to solidifying her legacy in environmental conservation. The San Francisco Chronicle reports, “Within days, President Obama is expected to invoke the Antiquities Act, at Feinstein’s request, to create three national monuments to preserving 1,380,350 acres of these lands, including a long stretch of Route 66.”

The proposed areas for the national monument connect to areas established under Feinstein’s 1994 Desert Protection Act. These areas include the Mojave Trails along Route 66, the Castle Mountains next to the Mojave National Preserve, and the Sand to Snow lands, which form a low- to high-elevation corridor between Joshua Tree and the San Gorgonio Wilderness.

Read full story at: San Francisco Chronicle

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