Speaker Addresses Proposed Chuckwalla National Monument

Speaker Addresses Proposed Chuckwalla National Monument

Great Outdoor California, Palm Springs Chapter has invited Andrea Iniguez, California Wilderness Coalition (CWC), Riverside County Public Lands Fellow and Linda Castro, assistant policy director for California Wilderness Coalition to speak in a Zoom event: Protecting important historical lands, cultural resources, and biodiverse species.

Momentum is building to create a new national monument in the California desert.

Conservation partners are working to preserve this region by establishing a new national monument, expanding wilderness areas, and designating a new wild and scenic river. The public lands legislative proposal is being organized to honor and recognize the Indigenous cultural histories of the Iviatim, Kwatsáan, Maarrenga’yam, Nüwü, Pipa Aha Macav (the Cahuilla, Chemehuevi, Mojave, Quechan, & Serrano) peoples; increase access to world-class nature for local residents and visitors; protect fragile desert wildlife and facilitate habitat connectivity; and help boost local economies. The California deserts are important habitat for an incredible number of imperiled and rare species, and almost the entirety of the proposed monument is critical habitat for the threatened desert tortoise.

The Protect California Deserts campaign aims to accomplish the following:

• Establish a new national monument in the Chuckwalla Valley that will border the southern edge of Joshua Tree National Park.

• Honor the homelands of the Iviatim, Kwatsáan, Maarrenga’yam, Nüwü, Pipa Aha Macav (the Cahuilla, Chemehuevi, Mojave, Quechan, & Serrano) peoples.

• Designate two new wilderness areas and expand three existing wilderness areas.

• Designate the San Bernardino County portion of Mission Creek as a wild and scenic river.

• Expand Joshua Tree National Park eastward into the Eagle Mountain Area.

• Honor the work of Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, and Larry Itliong and the United Farm Workers in Riverside County.

• Protect World War II-era training sites.

• Call for a recreational needs study to be completed by the Bureau of Land Management and US Forest Service, focusing on quiet recreation opportunities in the Mecca Hills/Orocopia Mountains Area.

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Date

Aug 18 2022

Time

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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