[Washington, D.C.] – Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., will host a public meeting Tuesday on three 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.
“The California desert is a magnificent national treasure, and I won’t rest in my efforts to ensure it stays that way for generations to come,” said Feinstein. “Critical parts of the desert are at risk and need our support.”
* Statewide California map
* Southern California map
* Proposed Mojave Trails National Monument
* Proposed Sand to Snow National Monument
* Proposed Castle Mountains National Monument
WHAT: Public meeting on proposed Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains national monuments.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 13, at 2 p.m.
WHERE: The Wildlands Conservancy’s Whitewater Preserve, 9160 Whitewater Canyon Road, Whitewater, Calif. 92282
WHO: Senator Feinstein has invited the following individuals to deliver remarks:
U.S. Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary Mike Connor
U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Robert Bonnie
Other senior administration officials
Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.)
Rep. Paul Cook (R-Calif.)
Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.)
California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird
Wildlands Conservancy Executive Director David Myers
San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos
Riverside County Board of Supervisors Chairman Marion Ashley
Fort Mojave Indian Tribe Chairman Timothy Williams
Spokesman for the California Off-Road Vehicle Association Randy Banis