Two New National Monuments on the Horizon
California could get two new national monuments in the southeast corner of the state if Senator Dianne Feinstein gets her way. Today she announced that she will introduce a bill to create two monuments in the Mojave Desert. The protected lands would total about 1 million acres of desert scrub, pine forests, sand dunes, and even an extinct volcano. Tortoises, lizards, bighorn sheep, and a newly discovered species of lupine all call the area their home.
Although 19 renewable energy projects have been planned within the proposed boundaries of the monuments, Sen. Feinstein told the Los Angeles Times that her bill would assist company owners with relocating their projects elsewhere.
If you've ever been to the Mojave Desert, you know it has a unique, lonely kind of beauty. We're pleased to see it getting some recognition here.
-- Année Tousseau