On December 21, 2009, California Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced The California Desert Protection Act of 2010. This is a significant piece of legislation, and will go a long way toward protecting our deserts from overuse and over-development. The legislation will create two new National Monuments, create new and expand existing federal Wilderness, and ultimately harness the development on our desert by renewable energy developers. I’m certainly pro-renewable energy, but believe there are much better places to install massive solar panel arrays than undeveloped (and wild) desert. And as usual, this legislation is creating massive polarization among the involved parties: those who see this as nothing but good, vs. those who see this is a “government land grab” and a “lockup” of our public lands. The hyperbole and conjecture are already running rampant in the opposition party.
Please support this important legislation!
For more information:
Proposed national monuments seek to protect desert beauty. The Desert Sun;
Campaign for the California Desert.
How can you support this Act? Mike Cipra, California Desert Program Manager of the National Parks Conservation Association recommends:
“Right now, the best way that folks can support the act is to write to their Congressperson and let him or her know how important desert conservation is—for animals, for recreation, for photography, for scenic vistas, for ecosystems, for clean air, for plants, for us to take our loved ones and explore. And ultimately, please ask directly for the Congressperson to support Senator Feinstein’s proposal. This is a critical time for people to express their support.”
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The attached photo is of an Ironwood tree at sunset (Olneya tesota) on December 31, 2009. In the distance are two of Southern California’s highest summits: Mt. San Jacinto (left, 10,804′) and Mt. San Gorgonio (right, 11,502′).
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