U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
California State Office
|Release Date: 10/30/09|
|News Release No. CA-SO-10-01|
California Desert Protection Act Celebrates 15 Years
The National Park Service (NPS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today mark the 15th anniversary of a landmark public lands act that set aside entire landscapes of the California Desert for future generations as parks and wilderness areas.
The California Desert Protection Act, enacted on October 31, 1994, (Public Law 103-433) affects almost 9.2 million acres of public lands, stretching from the far northern end of Death Valley to the U.S.-Mexico border. Sponsored by Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and numerous members of California's House delegation, the Act designated two national parks, one national preserve, millions of acres of federal wilderness areas, as well as other special areas.
"The CDPA was a tipping point for land protection, said Rory Westberg, acting regional director for NPS. It was a multi-million acre preservation effort, perhaps the last one in the lower 48, by the NPS and BLM as well as other interagency partners, and recognized the enormous role desert landscapes play in hydrology, migration and climate change."
"The CDPA was undoubtedly the most far-reaching piece of legislation affecting the California Desert passed by Congress since the California Desert Conservation Area was established by the Federal Land Policy and Management Act in October 1976," according to BLM Acting State Director Jim Abbott. "Since then, tremendous progress has been made in restoring historical impacts to these new park and wilderness areas under NPS and BLM protection."
Specifically, the Act (Public Law 103-433):
NPS and BLM administer these areas with the active involvement of many partners. A few examples include:
In a joint statement, Abbott and Westberg observed, "Just as in 1976 and 1994, today the California Desert faces many challenges with pressures from recreation, land development, vehicle use, energy production and transmission, and many other uses in the region. The CDPA provides clear protection for millions of acres, thus ensuring other necessary public uses may be accommodated while still ensuring preservation of our treasured landscapes."
For more information, contact John Dearing at BLM www.blm.gov/ca or (916-978-4610) or the NPS at 510-817-1320.
California State Office 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825
|Last updated: 11-20-2009|
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