Other Protections

Here are the other protections of California Desert Protection and Recreation Act. The bill would:

  • Establish the 781,880-acre (118 square-mile) Vinagre Wash Special Management Area in Imperial County where many ecologically sensitive areas and Native American heritage sites would be protected;
  • Designate the Alabama Hills area in Inyo County (the location for dozens of movies and television shows) as a National Scenic Area so that its priceless vistas are protected;
  • Permanently prohibit the staking of new mining claims on approximately 10,000 acres of land sacred to the Quechan Tribe in Imperial County;
  • Mandate the study and protection of Native American cultural trails along the Colorado River;
  • Help make it more difficult for developers to exploit groundwater in or near the Mojave National Preserve;
  • Require the Department of the Interior to study the future impacts of climate change on the California desert, to mitigate these impacts and to identify and protect important wildlife migration corridors in the region; and
  • Protect 140,000 acres of existing off-road riding areas from mining, energy development, military base expansions, or other decisions that would close them to vehicle use on a permanent basis. Each of the five off-road recreation areas will have to be managed according to plans that the Bureau of Land Management will develop with public input.


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California Senator Dianne Feinstein has introduced legislation to add additional protections to publicly owned land in the California Desert to preserve our desert heritage for generations to come. Please thank her today!