Elected Officials and Local Governments

Coachella Valley Association of Governments

Coachella Valley Conservation Commission

City of Los Angeles

Morongo Valley Community Services District and Fire Department

San Francisco Board of Supervisors

Beaumont City Councilman Mark Orozco (D)

Calimesa Mayor Pro Tem Ella Zanowic (R)

Cathedral City Mayor Stan Henry (R)

Cathedral City Mayor Pro Tem Greg Pettis (D)

Cathedral City Councilman Shelley Kaplan (D)

Cathedral City Councilman John Aguilar (D)

Coachella Mayor Steven Hernandez (D)

Coachella City Manager David Garcia

Desert Hot Springs Mayor Adam Sanchez, Sr. (D)

Desert Hot Springs Mayor Pro Tem Russell Betts (D)

Desert Hot Springs City Councilmember Jan Pye (R)

Desert Hot Springs Councilmember Joe McKee

Indian Wells City Councilmember Douglas Hanson (R)

Indio Mayor Pro Tem Glenn Miller (R)

Indio City Councilmember Troy Strange (D)

La Quinta Mayor Linda Evans (R)

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Palm Springs Mayor Pro Tem Paul Lewin (D)

Palm Springs City Councilmember Ginny Foat (D)

Rancho Cucamonga Mayor L. Dennis Michael

Rancho Mirage Mayor G. Dana Hobart (R)

Yucaipa City Councilmember Dick Riddell (R)

Businesses and Chambers


Calimesa Chamber of Commerce

Death Valley Chamber of Commerce

Greater Palm Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau

Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce

Morongo Valley Chamber of Commerce

Route 66 Chamber of Commerce

California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunities, San Francisco

Latin Business Association

Outdoor Recreation Businesses:

  • Belinda Sanda Sales
  • Brook Hopper Consulting
  • Camelback
  • The Conservation Alliance
  • Eagle Creek
  • Elemental Herbs
  • The Forest Group
  • Good Solutions
  • Klean Kanteen
  • Juniper Ridge
  • The Mountain Lab
  • The North Face
  • Patagonia
  • Smartwool
  • Timberland
  • Vans
  • Vapur

A Stylish Affair, Yucca Valley

Adventure 16, San Diego

Aki Sushi, Yucca Valley

Arcadia Bookstore, Wisconsin

Armando’s Furniture, Victorville

As Time Goes By, La Quinta

Auto Fashion Upholstery and Supplies, Victorville

Awakened Wisdom Experiences

Bagg Spot, Palm Springs

Bardwell Case and Associates Inc. Architects, Sherman Oaks

Bazar, Palm Springs

Bearfoot Inn, Palm Springs

Belle’s Best Beef Jerky, Hesperia

Benchmark Studios, Joshua Tree

Best Western Desert Villa Inn, Barstow

Bird on a Wire Art and Collectibles, Joshua Tree

Bird Watcher’s Digest, Marietta OH

BKB Ceramics, Joshua Tree

Black Luck Vintage, Yucca Valley

Blown Away, La Quinta

Blue Coyote Grill, Palm Springs

Blue Prairie Productions, New York and Pioneertown, CA

Boutique, La Quinta

Broadview, Twenty Nine Palms

Buck Buckley, Solar Contractor, Joshua Tree

Buenowill International, Barstow

Cactus Flower, Yucca Valley

The Cactus Wren Book Exchange, Yucca Valley

Café Europa, Palm Springs

Cameo Beauty Center, Victorville

Carla’s Route 62 Diner, Yucca Valley

Casa de Yermo Handmade Soaps, Yermo

Casa Mendoza Mexican Restaurant and Bar, La Quinta

Childres Antiques, Desert Hot Springs

CJ’s Stir it Up Mongolian Grill, La Quinta

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Victorville

Cold Nose Warm Heart, Palm Springs

Computer Zone, Yucca Valley

Cool Daddy O’s Ice Cream and Grill, Yucca Valley

Country Kitchen, Joshua Tree

Country Market and Deli, Morongo Valley

Coyote Corner, Joshua Tree

Crossroads Café, Joshua Tree

Crowbar Café and Saloon, Shoshone

Crown and Sword, Victorville

Dan O’Dowd Productions, Joshua Tree

Decal Depot, Joshua Tree

Del’s Shoes, Yucca Valley

Del Taco #236, Barstow

Desert Cities Realtors, Yucca Valley

Desert Decorating, Pioneertown

Desert Eyecare Center, Desert Hot Springs

Desert Hot Springs Spa Hotel, Desert Hot Springs

Desert Inn, Barstow

Desert Landscape and Design, Palm Springs

Desert Mequite Products, Tecopa

Desert Oracle, Joshua Tree

Desert Painter Studio Gallery, Palm Springs

Distinctive Home, Palm Springs

Divas of the Desert, La Quinta, Joshua Tree

Economy Inn, Barstow

Elena Bulatova Fine Art, Palm Springs

El Morocco Inn & Spa, Desert Hot Springs

Enterprise, Yucca Valley

Etcetera, Palm Springs

Find Your Fun Maps, Palm Springs

Fins and Fangs, Yucca Valley

Fun Net, Lenwood

Furry Friends Dog Grooming & Supplies, Barstow

Glossy Boutique, Desert Hot Springs

Gracie’s Emporium, La Quinta

Grateful Desert, Joshua Tree

Green Tree Inn, Victorville

Grow with Lauren Ell, Online Marketing Consultant, Joshua Tree

Hairr’s Johnny Barber Shop, Yucca Valley

Hats Unlimited, Palm Springs

Dr. Alan Hedman

Hi Desert Janitorial Supply, Barstow

Hi Desert Water Transport, Joshua Tree

HK Lane Real Estate, Palm Spring

Holly’s Trading Post, Morongo Valley

Holmes Health, Joshua Tree

Holmes Ecological Design and Construction, Joshua Tree

Homestead Modern No. 1, Pioneertown

Hoodoo (Records), Yucca Valley

Hoof and Horn, Yucca Valley

Idle Spurs Steakhouse, Barstow

IGGM Retail Clothing Store, Desert Hot Springs

Ikon Beauty, Yucca Valley

Imageville, Palm Springs

Instant Karma Yoga, Joshua Tree

Jackies Gift Shop, Victorville

Jenny’s Grill, Barstow

Joe A Oakes Atelier Painting Classes and Gallery, La Quinta

John Dittli Photography, Crowley Lake

Joshua Tree Adventures, Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree Bicycle Shop, Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree Certified Farmers’ Market, Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree Excursions, Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree Family Dentistry, Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree Health Foods, Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree Mini Storage, Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree Music Festival, Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree Realty, Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree Saloon, Joshua Tree

JT Lilypad, LLC, Joshua Tree

Jule’s Market, La Quinta

Kaiser Grille, Palm Springs

Lapper’s Ice Cream, Palm Springs

L’Atelier Café, Palm Springs

La Plaza Shoe Repair, Palm Springs

La Quinta Brewing Co. , La Quinta

La Quinta Inn, Hesperia

Legacy Jewelry Company, La Quinta

Le Haute Desert Aerie, Pioneertown

Lido Palms Resort & Spa, Desert Hot Springs

Lindsy RV Resort, Needles

Living Waters Spa, Desert Hot Springs

Lola’s Kitchen, Barstow

Los Domingos Restaurant, Barstow

Ma Rouge Café, Yucca Valley

Marv-N-Stewart, Palm Springs

Matchbox, Palm Springs

Meine Hair Salon, Desert Hot Springs

Mike’s Liquor, Joshua Tree

Miracle Springs Resort & Spa, Desert Hot Springs

Moonlight Mesa Retreats and Vacation Rentals, Joshua Tree

Morocco Inn & Spa, Desert Hot Springs

Morongo Valley Café, Morongo Valley

Morongo Valley Hardware, Morongo Valley

Natural Sisters Café, Joshua Tree

New Light Foto Design, Tecopa

Nurturing Nest, Desert Hot Springs

Oasis Tours and Activities, Palm Springs

Olive A’Sudden, Palm Springs

Old Town Coffee Company, La Quinta

The Olive Adobe, Pioneertown

Ooh LaLa de Paris, Palm Springs

Oscars Bar and Café, Palm Springs

Pappy and Harriet’s, Pioneertown

Pato’s Dream Date Gardens, Thermal

Patricia Knight Photography, Joshua Tree

Paul M. Ross, DC, Chiropractor, Desert Hot Springs

Pedego Electric Bikes, La Quinta

Pho 85 Restaurant, Yucca Valley

Pie for the People, Joshua Tree

Pioneer Crossing Antiques, Yucca Valley

Pioneertown Properties, Pioneertown

Pipes Canyon Lodge, Pioneertown

Premier Properties, La Quinta

Q Trading, Palm Springs

Quiznos, Yucca Valley

R & R Menswear, Palm Springs

Radio Free Joshua Tree, Joshua Tree

Rainbow Stew, Yucca Valley

Ramada Inn, Barstow

Ranger Enterprises, Morongo Valley

Realty Executives Desert Lifestyles, La Quinta

Red Roof Inn, Victorville

Rieman Sculpture, Yucca Valley

Rock Reach House, Yucca Valley

Route 62 Vintage Market, Yucca Valley

Route 66 Motel, Barstow

The Ruin Venue, Pioneertown

Rustic Modern Rentals, Joshua Tree

Ruth’s Rabbit Trail Tours, Yucca Valley

Safari Motor Inn, Joshua Tree

Salon Montana, La Quinta

Sam’s Market, Joshua Tree

Sam’s Pizza, Joshua Tree

Sammy G’s Restaurant, Palm Springs

Sandra Gune, DC, Chiropractor, Desert Hot Springs

Second Wind Hot Water Retreat and Campground, Tecopa

Serious Food and Drink, Palm Springs

Shabby Confections, Victorville

Shoshone Inn, Shoshone

Shoshone Museum Association, Shoshone

Sky’s Beauty Supply, Victorville

Smoke n’ More, Joshua Tree

Smoke Tree Greetings, Palm Springs

South West Concepts, La Quinta

Sport Bike USA, Victorville

Starlite, Joshua Tree

Starr’s Tool Box, Yucca Valley

Stewart Galleries, Palm Springs

Stitch Art Studios, Joshua Tree

Stoker Construction, Yucca Valley and Indio

Stone Ridge Realty and Investment Inc, La Quinta

Stuff Pizza Bar and Grill, La Quinta

Swarat Signs, Morongo Valley

Sweet Rock Ranch, Yucca Valley

Sun Runner Magazine, Joshua Tree

Tamara’s at Home Inc., Yucca Valley

Tamma’s Magic Mercantile, Yucca Valley

The Tanning Saloon, Victorville

Tecopa Hot Springs Campground and Pools, Tecopa

Tecopa Hot Springs Resort, Tecopa

Top Hat Liquor, Barstow

Two Bunch Palms, Desert Hot Springs

Uhaul, Yucca Valley

Unique Gardens Nursery, Yucca Valley

Unisex Hair Salon, Desert Hot Springs

Victorville Pawn Shop, Victorville

Viola’s Vision Hair Salon, Barstow

Xanterra Death Valley, Furnace Creek

Yogurt Island U-Create, La Quinta

Yokozuna Japanese Restaurant and Night Club, Yucca Valley

Yucca Valley Tobacco Mart, Yucca Valley

Zlux Skin Care, Helendale


Native American Land Conservancy

San Manuel Tribe

Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians

Educators, Historians, Scientists, and Other Experts


Astronomy Organizations, Scientists, and Enthusiasts:

  • Dick Pantoja, President
  • James Yuen, Past Secretary
  • Craig Weatherwax
  • Scott Feieraband
  • James Gee
  • Dean Arvidson
  • Thomas A. Meneghini
  • Wally Pacholka
  • Tim Hunter
  • Farah Payan
  • Douglas Kegard
  • Scott Kardel
  • Diana Umpierre
  • Tom O’Key

Compton High School – Nature Club

John Muir High School Social Justice Academy

Los Angeles Environmental Charter School

Silverado High School, Victorville, CA – Hawk STEM Club

Barry Sinervo

Frank W. Davis, Ph.D.

Wayne D. Spencer

Wendy McIntyre, Ph.D.

Sam Sweet

Paula Schiffman, Ph.D.

R. Dave Evans

Scott Cashen

Robin Kobaly, Botanist/Wildlife Biologist

James M. Andre

Paul Beier

Dr. Timothy Krantz

Duncan Bell

Terry Root

David S. Wilcove

Glenn Stewart, Ph.D.

Matthew Dietz, Ph.D.

Gregory H. Aplet, Ph.D.

R. Travis Belote, Ph.D.

Dr. William Rainey

Dr. Patricia Brown, Ph.D.

Dr. Allan Muth

Dr. James Malcolm

Edith B. Allen

Dr. Cameron Barrows

Dan Klooster

Tasha LaDoux, Ph.D.

Michael Allen

Paul Delaney, PhD. Copper Mountain College

Curt Duffy, Instructor, Los Angeles Pierce College

Clifford E. Trafzer, Distinguished Professor of History, Rupert Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs University of California, Riverside

Gary Nash, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles LeAnne Howe, Eidson Distinguished Professor of English, University of Georgia

Steven Gould Axelrod, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of English, University of California, Los Angeles

Renard Strickland, Scholar in Residence, University of Oklahoma; The Phillip Knight Dean Emeritus, School of Law, University of Oregon

Thomas C. Patterson, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Riverside

Christopher Chase-Dunn, Ph.D., Institute for Research on World Systems, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of California, Riverside

Margaret Connell-Szasz, Ph.D., Regents Professor of History, University of New Mexico

Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, Ph.D., George and Sakaye Aratani Endowed Chair of Asian American Studies,University of California, Los Angeles

Carole Goldberg, J.D., Vice Chancellor of Academic Personnel and Jonathan D. Varat Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Los Angeles

Margaret Jacobs, Ph.D., Graduate Chair & Chancellor’s Professor of History, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Richard Olds, M.D., Former Dean of the School of Medicine, University of California, Riverside

Duane Champagne, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and American Indian Studies, Professor of Law, University of California, Los Angeles

Steven A. Leibo, Ph.D., Professor of International History & Politics, The Sage Colleges; Associate in Research, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University

Michele Salzman, Ph.D., Professor of History, University of California, Riverside

Inés Hernández-Avila, Ph.D, Professor of Native American Studies, University of California, Davis

CLICK HERE to see additional historians, archaeologists, ethnographers, other scientists, experts, and leaders who have studied and value the California desert region, and support national monuments designations in the California desert.

Faith Leaders

Assemblies of God’s Southern Pacific District (CLICK HERE to see the support letter from 100 clergy members)

California Council of Churches IMPACT

Por La Creacion:

  • Frank Ruiz, Pastor, Spanish Seventh Day Adventist Church, Indio, CA
  • Enrique Orellana, Sr. Pastor, Fuente de Vida Christian Center, Coachella, CA
  • Jesse Villarreal, Sr. Pastor, Templo La Hermosa, Coachella, CA
  • Martin Martinez, Youth Pastor, Impacto Juvenil, Covina, CA
  • Absalon Duran, Pastor, Monte de Zion, Victorville, CA
  • Hector Manzo, Centro Cristiano de Fe, Victorville, CA
  • Steven Morales, Pastor, Calvary Chapel, El Sereno, CA
  • Raul Velazquez, Pastor, El Nuevo Comienzo, Adelanto, CA
  • Javier Moreno, Co-Pastor, Monte de Zion, Victorville, CA
  • Raymundo Ortiz, Pastor, Iglesias Amiavi, Victorville, CA
  • Jorge Quintanilla, Pastor, Iglesia Divino Salvador, Reseda, CA
  • Dr. Francisco Colop, Regional Vice President, Alianza de Ministerios Evangelicos Nacionales, Austin, TX
  • Cecilia Ruano, Pastor, Rosa de Saron Asembla de Dios Church, Caldwell, ID
  • Dr. Sergio Navarette, Superintendent, Southern Pacific District of the Assemblies of God
  • Juan Manuel Almanza, Pastor, Centro de Adoracion Familiar, Las Vegas, NV
  • Joseito Velasquez, Sr. Pastor, Healing Waters Family Center, Denver, CO

Hank Alvarez, Corona, U.S. Army, Staff Sergeant


Gilbert Archuleta, Vallejo, U.S. Navy, Petty Officer


Larry Branson, Pomona, U.S. Army, Colonel


Ron Bridges, Rancho Cucamonga, U.S. Marine Corps., Private 1st Class


Joshua Bunce, Riverside, U.S. Army, Sergeant


Christina Burton, Apple Valley, U.S. Army, Sergeant


Kim Coleman, Highland, U.S. Marine Corps., Sergeant


Phillip Cripps, Cathedral City, U.S. Marine Corps., Sergeant


David Marinsk, Santa Rosa, U.S. Army, Lieutenant Colonel


Stephen McDaniel, Riverside, U.S. Air Force, Captain


Stephen McKean, Running Springs, U.S. Army/Marine Corps. Sergeant


John McKee, San Jacinto, U.S. Air Force, Lieutenant Colonel


Frances Miller, Rancho Mirage, U.S. Army, Specialist


Andrew Morgan, Palm Desert, U.S. Navy, Seaman


Tom Mullen, Riverside, U.S. Army, Captain


James Ouimet, Mammoth Lakes, U.S. Marine Corps, Sergeant


Paul Davis, Palm Springs, U.S. Army, Specialist


Tom Derusha, Temecula, U.S. Army, Corporal


Donald Dible, Murrieta, U.S. Army, Sergeant


Joseph DiFrancesco, Chino, U.S. Air Force, Senior Airman


Keith Ferrer, El Verano, U.S. Air Force, Master Sergeant


Kermit Franklin, Antelope Valley, U.S. Marine, Sergeant


James Ewing, Yucaipa, U.S. Air Force, Lieutenant Colonel


Daniel Ferra, Palm Springs, U.S. Army, Specialist


Keith Ferrer, El Verano, U.S. Marine Corps, Sergeant


Mark Porras, Palm Desert, U.S. Marines, Sergeant


Philip Power, Lake Arrowhead, U.S. Navy, Seaman


Ray Quinto, Yucaipa, U.S. Air Force, Staff Sergeant


Steven Rail, Palm Springs, U.S. Army, Corporal


Dave Raley, Yucaipa, U.S. Air Force, Colonel


Billie Ridgway, Phelan, U.S. Army, Corporal


Robert Rippetoe, Rancho Mirage, U.S. Navy, Petty Officer


Scott Roney, Temecula, U.S. Army, Captain


Curt Sanders, Lee Vining, U.S. Marine Corps, Sergeant


James Jackson, Beaumont, U.S. Army, Specialist


Allen Gildard, Apple Valley, U.S. Army, Captain


Pamela Lacey, Rialto, U.S. Air Force, Master Sergeant


William Lansville, Barstow, U.S. Navy, Petty Officer


Martin Ledezma, Redlands, U.S. Navy, Petty Officer


Bob Leyva, Newberry Springs, U.S. Navy, Seaman 1st Class


Gary Martin, Yucaipa, U.S. Navy, Captain


Rebecca Martin, Riverside, U.S. Marine Corps., Staff Sergeant


Marvin Sawyer, Yucca Valley, U.S. Army, Sergeant


John Schricker, Loma Linda, U.S. Army, Private First Class


Carlos Simmental, Victorville, U.S. Navy, Petty Officer


David Smith, Cathedral City, U.S. Army, Private First Class


Robert Stune, Whitewater, U.S. Navy, Petty Officer


William Taylor, Apple Valley, U.S. Army, Colonel


Melinda Tremaglio, Palm Springs, U.S. Army, Captain


Mark Zellner, Lucerne Valley, U.S. Army, Staff Sergeant

Service Members

*The undersigned supporters’ view are their own and not those of the Department of Defense or the Department of Homeland Security

First Sergeant Arzola, Mohammad A., U.S. Marine Corps

Staff Sergeant Baldridge, Michael M., U.S. Marine Corps

Captain Bombaci, Jared E., U.S. Marine Corps

Gunnery Sergeant Borja, Marvin J., U.S. Marine Corps

Staff Sergeant Brabowski, Wojciech A., U.S. Marine Corps

Captain Brooks, Daniel L. U.S. Marine Corps

Sergeant Buchanan, David R., U.S. Marine Corps

Sergeant Campoamor, Andrew R., U.S. Marine Corps

Sergeant Carey, Eric C., U.S. Marine Corps

Staff Sergeant Carpenter, Dereck L., U.S. Marine Corps

Gunnery Sergeant Castille, Mark R., U.S. Marine Corps

Sergeant Culpepper, Lee M., U.S. Marine Corps

Staff Sergeant Erickson, Adam W., U.S. Marine Corps

Sergeant Franquez Jr, Oscar, U.S. Marine Corps

Sergeant Fuller, Zachary M., U.S. Marine Corps

Staff Sergeant Gallardo, Jaime A., U.S. Marine Corps

Staff Sergeant Garside, Mark J., U.S. Marine Corps

Sergeant Garst, Matthew D., U.S. Marine Corps

Staff Sergeant Gibson, Daniel G., U.S. Marine Corps

Master Sergeant Guerra, Ralph E., U.S. Marine Corps

Staff Sergeant Hackett, Jonathan W., U.S. Marine Corps

Sergeant Hall, William P., U.S. Marine Corps

Master Sergeant Halterman, Michael G., U.S. Marine Corps

Gunnery Sergeant Harless, Bradley A., U.S. Marine Corps

Corporal Holbert, Korey D., U.S. Marine Corps

Sergeant Hoppe, Andrew P., U.S. Marine Corps

Staff Sergeant Huerta, Theodore S., U.S. Marine Corps

Staff Sergeant Huls, Wyatt D., U.S. Marine Corps

Sergeant Ingram, Alan R., U.S. Marine Corps

Gunnery Sergeant Jacklin, Brian C., U.S. Marine Corps

Sergeant James, Seth C., U.S. Marine Corps

Staff Sergeant Kelsaw, Steven J., U.S. Marine Corps

Sergeant Kopta, Justin P., U.S. Marine Corps

Sergeant Lappin IV, John M., U.S. Marine Corps

Staff Sergeant Manibog III, Benjamin M., U.S. Marine Corps

Staff Sergeant Mccormick, Christophe M., U.S. Marine Corps

Sergeant Meleski II, Timothy M., U.S. Marine Corps

Staff Sergeant Mendiola, West, U.S. Marine Corps

Sergeant Merstrand, Ulrik R., U.S. Marine Corps

Gunnery Sergeant Perkins, Tyler A., U.S. Marine Corps

Staff Sergeant Questell, Derek J., U.S. Marine Corps

Corporal Ruiz, Alex, U.S. Marine Corps

Sergeant Salgado, Juanjose R., U.S. Marine Corps

Sergeant Sells, Austin M., U.S. Marine Corps

Sergeant Stoner, Christophe D., U.S. Marine Corps

Staff Sergeant Urso, Rocco A., U.S. Marine Corps

Sergeant Vargas, Giovanni, U.S. Marine Corps

Sergeant Vieyra Jr, Alejandro, U.S. Marine Corps

Sergeant Wagner, Cameron A., U.S. Marine Corps

Sergeant Wiener, Eric D., U.S. Marine Corps

Staff Sergeant Worth, Nickolas F., U.S. Marine Corps


Artist Community


Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency

Art and Cultural Leaders for the California Desert (click here for full list)

Kim Stringfellow, Guggenheim Fellow 2015. Director, The Mojave Project. Joshua Tree, CA.

Rhonda Coleman, Director, Curator, 29 Palms Art Gallery. Twentynine Palms, CA.

Bernard Leibov, Director, BoxoProjects. Former Deputy Director, Judd Foundation. New York, NY & Joshua Tree, CA.

Eva Soltes, Executive Director, Harrison House for Music, Arts and Ecology. Joshua Tree, CA.

Phillip K. Smith III, Light Artist. Indio, CA.

Frederick Fulmer, Director Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency. Joshua Tree, CA.

Andrea Zittel, Director, A-Z West. Founding Director, High Desert Test Sites. Joshua Tree, CA.

Mary-Austin Klein, Landscape painter. California Wilderness Coalition. Joshua Tree, CA.

Carolyn Young, Director, West of the Moon Gallery. Flagstaff, AZ.

Pamela Madsen, Sound Artist, Curator. Professor Cal State Fullerton School of Music. Fullerton, CA.

Cheryl Younger, Director of the American Photography Institute at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Former Chair, Society for Photographic Education. New York, NY.

Alita Van Vliet, Board of Directors, Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council. Director, Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours. Joshua Tree, CA.

Robert Johnson, Professor, Cypress College. Director, The Legacy Project. CA.

Roy Dietrich, Fine Artist. CA.

Edwin Vasquez, Photojournalist AV MEDIA. Fine Artist. Rosamond, CA.

Millie Wilson, Artist. CalArts. TX.

Melanie Walker, Artist. Professor of Fine Art, University of Colorado. Boulder, CO.

Bobby Furst, Director, FURSTWURLD Gallery / Performing Arts. Joshua Tree, CA.

Paula Jean Rice, Artist. Professor of Art Emeritus, Northern Arizona University. Flagstaff, AZ.

Melissa J. Armstrong, Director, Interdisciplinary Global Programs, Center for International Education, Northern Arizona University. Flagstaff, AZ.

Stevie Love, Artist. Director, Lancaster Museum and Public Art Foundation. Lancaster, CA.

Sant Khalsa, Professor Emeritus Department of Art. Founding Faculty Water Resources Institute, CA State University San Bernardino. San Bernardino, CA & Joshua Tree, CA.

Danny Frankel, Musician. Joshua Tree, CA.

Diane Best, Filmmaker, Painter, Photographer. Joshua Tree, CA.

Robin Rosenthal, Filmmaker. Producer, Pony Highway Productions. Littlerock, CA.

James Hammons, Artist. Joshua Tree, CA.

Paul Klopfenstein, President, Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council. Joshua Tree, CA.

Steve Rieman, Artist. Joshua Tree, CA.

Ruth Rieman, Board of Directors, Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency. Joshua Tree, CA.

Catherine Svehla, Cultural Mythologist/Director, Mythic Mojo. Joshua Tree, CA.

Mindy Kaufman, Director, Joshua Tree Art Gallery. Joshua Tree, CA.

Joella Jean Mahoney, Fine Artist. Professor Emeritus, Art Department Chair, University of Laverne. La Verne, CA.

Nancy Campbell, Poet, Desert Poets. Palm Springs, CA.

Andree Mendenhall Mahoney, Fine Artist. Professor Emeritus, Art Department Chair, Chaffee Community College. Alta Loma, CA.

Gillian Spedding, Poet, Desert Poets. Palm Springs, CA.

Julia Buckley, Artist. Joshua Tree, CA.

Rebecca Trawick, Director, Wagnall Museum of Contemporary Art. Alta Loma, CA.

Jacobine Van der Meer, Van der Meer Studio. The Arts Council of San Bernardino. Los Angeles, CA & Landers, CA.

Phillip Rosenberg, Musician, Rags and Bones Music. Joshua Tree, CA.

Phyllis Schwartz, Artist. Joshua Tree, CA.

Renna Shesso, Book Author. Denver, CO.

Joe Garcia, Musician, Urban Desert Cabaret. Landers, CA.

Joanna Fodczuk, Painter/Art Instructor. Los Angeles, CA & Landers, CA.

Noreen Lawlor, Artist, Painter, Poet. Joshua Tree, CA.

Community Groups and Leaders

Akebulan African American Cultural Center

Amigos del Los Rios

Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council (A3PCON)

Audubon Society Chapters:

  • Buena Vista
  • Laguna Hills
  • Los Angeles
  • Palomar
  • Palos Verdes/South Bay
  • Pasadena
  • San Bernardino Valley
  • San Fernando Valley

California Desert Coalition

City of Pasadena, Villa Park Community Center

Coachella Valley Conservation Commission

Coalition to Protect America’s Parks

Desert Trails Coalition

Diverse Outdoor Leadership Institute

Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission Local Conservation Corps

Friends of Pioneertown

Great Outdoors Palm Springs

James O. Jessie Unity Center

Latino Coalition for a Healthy California

Latino Conservation Alliance:

  • Green Latinos
  • Hispanic Access Foundation
  • Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting, and the Outdoors (HECHO)
  • Hispanic Federation
  • La Madre Tierra
  • Latino Outdoors

Los Angeles Land Trust

Los Angeles Leadership Academy

Mark Butler

Neighbors Acting Together Helping All (NATHA)

North East Trees

Outward Bound Adventures

Pacific Crest Trail Association

Pasadena NAACP

San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corps

San Gabriel Mountains Forever

Social Justice Humanitis

Vet Voice Foundation


Other Stakeholders and Constituents

CLICK HERE to see the overwhelming support from many HUNDREDS of individuals throughout the California desert for Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow, and Castle Mountains National Monuments.


Jan Harnik, City of Palm Desert Council Member

“Local residents and visitors from all over have long been drawn to the beauty of the California desert. The desert includes some of the most spectacular scenery in the nation and that has made tourism and recreation an important part of our local economy. The proposed Mojave Trails and Sand to Snow National Monuments offer great benefits to our region. We must protect these places for future generations to enjoy.”

Bill Vincent, President, Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce

“The lands of the proposed Mojave Trails and Sand to Snow National Monuments are incredibly valuable to the Joshua Tree Gateway Communities and other desert towns through conservation in their current state. Permanently protecting these lands will provide support and opportunity for future economic development in the region by sustaining tourism and recreation for visitors and attracting retirees and other new residents who love the unique beauty of the California desert.”

Suzi Dennett, Executive Director, Death Valley Chamber of Commerce

“Key to our support of this designation is that the public can continue to enjoy the many uses of these lands. Hunters can continue to track chukar and mule deer. Wildlife watchers can still stake out a spring or sand dune to find bighorn sheep or Mojave fringe-toed lizards. Off-highway vehicle riders will still enjoy access to more than a thousand miles of routes; the designation of Mojave Trails will not close roads. Rockhounds will continue to search for trilobites and rare gems in the monument’s rocky expanses. Hikers will find limitless opportunities to scramble up a mountain or trudge down a lush desert wash. And those of us who simply want to take in a sweeping vista will find the landscape unaltered, offering respite from the frantic pace of the modern world.”

Pastor Frank Ruiz, Indio Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church, Coachella Valley

“Latinos have an important voice in the protection of our public lands. We have a moral responsibility to future generations to protect God’s creation – preserving the mountains, rivers, deserts and other breathtaking landscapes of our nation. Protecting the California desert is crucial not only to the majority of local economies in the area, but also to the spiritual well-being of our community.”

Pastor Raul Velasquez, New Beginnings Christian Center

“We have a moral responsibility to protect God’s creation – the California desert. These proposed national monuments are our legacy to pass onto the next generation. I participated in a hike of the desert earlier this year with a group of young people. This experience highlighted the need for our young people to be the stewards our lands, especially at a time of changing demographics. Nearly 50 percent of those living in the Inland Empire are Latinos – and we have a critical voice in the protection of our public lands. That’s why I’m adding my support to this effort.”

Carlos Simental, U.S. Navy veteran

“I strongly support the designation of the Mojave Trails and Sand to Snow National Monuments. Our California desert lands are a tribute to our past and a promise to future generations. As a veteran, I’ve found solace in visiting these places and many of my fellow veterans have done the same. After returning home from a tour of duty, spending time outdoors hiking, fishing and camping is a way that many veterans decompress, reconnect with family, and return to civilian life. These national monuments would offer a place to do just that.”

Scott White, President and CEO, Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau

“Given the importance of [protecting the California desert] and the challenge of moving legislation through Congress, our elected officials should use every tool in the toolbox. That includes urging the president to designate special lands as national monuments.”

Tom Kirk, Executive Director, Coachella Valley Association of Governments

“With such a rich history and important contributions to our quality of life, it’s critical that we protect our desert public lands. That’s why the Coachella Valley Conservation Commission and leaders from across Riverside County have joined a diverse coalition of community leaders, veterans, clergy, sportsmen and business owners in supporting Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s effort.”

Eva Soltes, Director of Harrison House Music, Arts and Ecology

“We remain committed to protecting all of the lands outlined in the California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act of 2015. This legislation represents a balanced approach that was built from the ground-up by diverse stakeholders. The call for national monument designations is in line with this effort. We want to see every tool available used to protect these special lands for future generations – from national monument designation by President Obama to passing the California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act by Congress.”

Jim Conkle, Former Chair of the Route 66 Alliance

“The proposed Mojave Trails National Monument holds an important piece of American history – the most intact stretch of historic Route 66. Dubbed ‘The Mother Road’ by John Steinbeck, Route 66 transformed the West as the shortest route across the country. The lands in the proposed Mojave Trails and Sand to Snow National Monuments also hold ancient fossil beds, Native American sites, and other wonders. National monument designations would protect these important pieces of our collective heritage.”

‘Death Valley Jim’ Mattern, Author, Hiking Guide and resident of Joshua Tree

“The open vistas, desert oases, historic treasures and many hiking trails in the proposed national monuments offer adventure, solitude, and fresh air to the many visitors who love these landscapes. It is important that these lands will be available for campers, hikers, anglers, rock hounders, and other recreationalists for generations into the future. National monument designations will put these lands on the map for future visitors and highlight their unique geology, animals, and plant life.”