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February 10, 2015

National Monuments Proposal Re-Introduced

New National Monuments Proposal
Senator Feinstein reintroduced her bill to create two new desert national monuments: one in our literal backyard, the other wrapping around the southern side of the Mojave National Preserve, roughly following old route 66. It would also create two new wilderness areas just outside the boundaries of Fort Irwin. One would appear to preserve the natural scenery along I-15 west of Baker. The other would prevent encroachment on the southern end of Death Valley National Park. There is also a proposed wilderness area between the Colorado River and route 78.

In the map above the two proposed new national monuments are in white. The new wilderness areas are gray, marked out with dashed lines.

In addition, some private inholdings in both Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks would be added to the respective park. An Alabama Hills Scenic Area would also be created thereby preserving a whole hell of a lot of good movie locations, I am sure.

Filed under California,Coachella Valley,Desert Hot Springs | permalink | February 10, 2015 at 09:36 AM


Yes, it will take an act of Congress and a Presidential signature. President Obama could create these national monuments, but he's leaving all the fun to Senator Feinstein.

Posted by: Ron's Log at Feb 10, 2015 8:29:55 PM

It only takes from what understand it to be a Presidental Proclamation to create a National Monument, just like FDR did for Joshua Tree in 1936, but it takes an "Act of Congress" to create a National Park.
JTNP was part of the Desert Protection Act signed by Hillary's husband in 1994 that made it a NP, so I wonder what type of vote, or action, it takes to make this happen?
Another 'Act of Congress"...
If so,I won't hold my breath.

Posted by: Russ A. at Feb 10, 2015 2:24:31 PM

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