Preserving spectacular desert landscapes in California

Today, President Obama designated the Sand to Snow National Monument, Mojave Trails National Monument, and Castle Mountains National Monument in southern California. 

“The California desert is a cherished and irreplaceable resource for the people of southern California,” said Secretary Jewell. “It is an oasis of nature’s quiet beauty just outside two of our nation’s largest metropolitan areas. Its historic and cultural resources tell the stories of armies, travelers, ranchers, and miners, and of the original caretakers of this land. Today’s designation by the President furthers the longstanding work of public land managers and local communities to ensure these areas will remain preserved and accessible to the public for future generations.”

The national monuments, comprised exclusively of existing federal lands, will be managed by the Bureau of Land Management in partnership with the National Park Service and the Forest Service.

Read the full press release here