News Release    

For Release:  March 5, 2009                                                     
Contact:  David Briery (951) 697-5220; E-mail:

National Monument Advisory Committee to Meet in Palm Desert

The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory Committee will meet Monday, March 16, at 3 p.m. at the Riverside County Permit Assistance Center, Second Floor Conference Room, 38686 El Cerrito Road, Palm Desert, Calif.

All monument advisory committee meetings are open to the public and media. Public participation is encouraged. The public comment period begins at 4 p.m.

The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument was established by an Act of Congress on Oct. 24, 2000 in order to preserve the nationally significant biological, cultural, recreational, geological, educational, and scientific values found in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains.

Rising abruptly from the desert floor, the mountains reach an elevation of 10,834 feet at the summit of Mount San Jacinto. Providing a picturesque backdrop to local communities, the national monument significantly contributes to the Coachella Valley's lure as a popular resort and retirement community. It is also a desirable backcountry destination that can be accessed via trails from both the valley floor and the alpine village of Idyllwild.

California Desert District Office – 22835 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, California