The National Parks Conservation Association invited me to Washington D.C. last week to lobby on behalf of OUR public lands, our National Monuments, the Mojave Desert, and the $12 billion National Park Service maintenance backlog. Although we had an appointment with Senator Feinstein’s, staff, on Tuesday morning I had the unexpected opportunity to directly offer my thanks to California Senator Dianne Feinstein for all that she has done for conservation (especially on my Mojave Desert) in the great state of California. Senator Feinstein championed three of our newest National Monuments (Sand to Snow, Mojave Trails, and Castle Mountains) and I gifted her with a framed print of Castle Mountains National Monument. She was departing office and quickly heading towards the Capitol for a vote but very graciously spared me her time. Her face seemed to light up when I held up the piece for her. I dared not ask for a photo – I was shocked when she wanted one (with her own iPhone!). She loved the photograph and frame. She could have quickly blown me off and directed me to her staff but that did not happen. What a gracious lady and champion of our state. THANK YOU, Senator Feinstein!
Regarding the NPS Maintenance backlog (aka National Park Service Legacy Act of 2017): Please contact your Senators today and ask them to co-sponsor S.751. Next, contact your Representatives and ask them to co-sponsor H.R.2584 (the House companion bill to S.751).
Finally, if you have yet to send in your comments regarding the current Administration’s “review” of our National Monuments, please do so TODAY (deadline is July 10, 2017). Tell the Department of Interior that you do not want your Monuments altered in any fashion and that your National Monuments (in their current state) are not available for commercial energy interests (the real reason behind this “review”). Comments from others can be viewed on the right side of the page and can be helpful in drafting your own words. Many THANKS for taking action on behalf of our extraordinary public lands!
My sincere THANKS to David Lamfrom and Emily Douce of National Parks Conservation Association for making possible my lobbying day and the meeting with Senator Dianne Feinstein.