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Closing up the Mojave: Feinstein plans to run us all out of our homes

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Washington, DC– In 1994 Feinstein told us that the 3 Millions Acres she closed us out of in the Mojave Desert was all that was needed to protect future generations. Then again in 2006 she came back and took more Millions more from public access.And then again in 2008 and 2009 when she bull shitted Bush and Obama respectively.

This week Senator Feinstein has basically asked Congress that the rest of the Mojave Desert be closed off to public use.

Oh she figure if she cuts out of her Empire a couple of thousand acres here and there for the Off road crowd so we will shut up. But this has more importance than my use of a quad.

Closing off the desert to potential energy and mineral development is sentencing America to the continued spiral to 3rd world status.

Not only is this an obscene example of over reach, the Bitch lied. She said  she had enough, but no, she wants to screw the Nation out of all its resources.  She provides no opportunity for Private exploration of mineral resources nor does she tell us how taking millions of square miles of the west off the potential tax rolls is going to help States like cash strapped California ever balance their budgets. With out the use of the resources that God gave us we will never have full employment again in the West.

So I guess we’re going to see how our new found Status as litigants is going to work. I see this tied up far after this bitch has passed on from natural causes and is Monkey Wrenching with the devil.

Feinstein proposes Joshua Tree expansion, new national monuments – Redlands Daily Facts

Mt. San Gorgonio and more than 1 million acres of desert land would get new federal protections under a bill proposed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

Feinstein on Tuesday reintroduced a bill that would expand Joshua Tree National Park, create two new national monuments – both within or mostly within San Bernardino County – and protect several rivers in the Mojave desert.

The largest chunk of land set aside in Feinstein’s Bill is the proposed Mojave Trails National Monument, a 941,000-acre swath of the Mojave desert mostly south of the Mojave National Preserve. The proposed monument would include 266,000 of land along historic Route 66.

“I visited the area and was amazed by the beauty of the massive valleys, pristine dry lakes and rugged mountains,” Feinstein said. “In addition to its iconic sweeping desert vistas and majestic mountain ranges, this area of the Eastern Mojave also contains critical wildlife corridors linking Joshua Tree National Park and the Mojave National Preserve.”

The smaller Sand to Snow National Monument would cover 134,000
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acres of land, including Mt. San Gorgonio, a large swath of the San Bernardino National Forest and other federal lands in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Because it would include parts of the Mojave Desert, Colorado Desert and the San Bernardino Mountains, she said Sand to Snow “would arguably be the most environmentally diverse national monument in the country.”

Feinstein said designating the area a national monument could “attract more attention to one of California’s natural gems.”

She said the area, which includes more than 23 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, is not well known “largely because it is managed by a number of distinct entities, including the (Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, National Park Service and private preserves and conservation agencies.”

Feinstein’s bill would add 2,900 acres to Joshua Tree National Park – mostly in the form of undeveloped areas that border residential communities. It would also add 30,000 acres of the Mojave National Preserve.

Both of those expansions would be within San Bernardino County.

The bill would also add 41,000 acres to Death Valley National Park.

Unlike the version of the bill put forward in the last session of Congress, this one does not address the permitting process for renewable energy projects in California’s deserts.

Feinstein said she plans to work on those issues separately.

“The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee prefers to move energy-related legislation separately from land conservation legislation,” she said. “Therefore, I plan to work with senators from Western states on a bill to improve the renewable energy permitting process to allow quicker development of renewable energy projects on private and disturbed public land.”

Feinstein said the Mojave Trails National Monument would block several renewable energy projects that have been proposed in the area, but said the bill will give companies that were considering projects there a chance to move to other federal lands.

“It is important to note that of the proposals in question, not a single one has been granted a permit, nor is a single one under review at the California Energy Commission” or under federal review, she said.

Environmental and land conservation groups are praising the bill.

“Sen. Feinstein has shown a tremendous commitment to both her legacy, and the legacy of California’s desert, by reintroducing the (bill),” said Monica Argando a, the California Wilderness Coalition’s Southern California conservation director.

Feinstein’s bill is called the California Desert Protection Act of 2011. The original California Desert Protection Act, which became law in 1994, established Joshua Tree and Death Valley national parks and the Mojave National Preserve.

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7 Comments

  1. Richard Myers Richard says:

    get ready, there is a lot of talk on the AMA D-37 board about this.

  2. Paparrazi Paparrazi says:

    “I visited the area and was amazed by the beauty of the massive valleys, pristine dry lakes and rugged mountains,” Feinstein said.

    Papa say’s, Diane, I’m glad that you visited the area. For the record just exactly what means of transportation did you use during your visit? I’m sure that since you are so concerned that you put on your extra soft flip flops as not to leave a permanent footprint behind right?
    BTW, I’m glad you noticed that it is pristine. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

  3. desertrider desertrider says:

    ““Sen. Feinstein has shown a tremendous commitment to both her legacy, and the legacy of California’s desert, by reintroducing the (bill),” said Monica Argando a, the California Wilderness Coalition’s Southern California conservation director.”

    So is that what being a senator means to difi? Leaving a legacy? Doesn’t seem right to me.
    Seems like that’s what the lefties are all about, legacies good or bad as long as their name is remembered. Look at what Bill C legacy is, using cigars inappropriately among other things.

  4. Paparrazi Paparrazi says:

    Money trail. she needs to reestablish her base. Another way to get them to contribute to her next campaign. I recall during our battle on S21 that her dear hubby had precious mineral investments that would increase in value as competition was eliminated. From what I can remember these minerals can only be found in a few locations in the world. One of them is part of the now closed area. This prevents their competitor from mining and increased their stock. Anyone remember the details? I also recall that because of the closure that there was an increase in big horn sheep deaths. Apparently watering holes that were stocked by 4 wheel access could no longer be accessed and was impossible to walk in. So the do gooders killed the wildlife. Eco freaks like Dirty Diane are to blame!

  5. Mike Hawkins Mike says:

    There’s no doubt this is an ill-conceived plan. How can Feinstein and Bunch even consider interfering with the opportunity to use that land to produce clean energy and reduce our “carbon footprint”?  

    And it’s too bad our good friend at the Sun Runner and others in a position of influence around here have chosen to endorse the bill. Apparently they don’t even understand what it means to our local economy.                

  6. Ophir Ophir says:

    The entire Eco movement has been co-opted by Marxists and scam artists. There isn’t a single positive thing left about it. We are taught to fear AlQaeda whn the US environmentalists are far more damaging to our country and society.

  7. Mike Hawkins Mike says:

    To their creadit Z1077 ran an impartial story…

    TOP STORY, JANUARY 26, 2011
    NEW CALIFORNIA DESERT PROTECTION ACT INTRODUCED
    California Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced a giant parks bill late yesterday to expand the Death Valley and Joshua Tree national parks and the Mojave National Preserve and protect in total 1.6 million acres of desert lands. The California Desert Protection Act of 2011 would greatly impact our Morongo Basin area, creating two new national monuments: the Mojave Trails and the Sand to Snow National Monuments, create several new wilderness areas and designate the Amargosa River and Deep Creek as Wild and Scenic Rivers. The old Route 66 corridor would also be preserved. Feinstein said she wants to advance solar energy projects but does not want to permit “the development of land that was donated to the federal government or acquired with taxpayer funds for conservation.” The bill would:
    • Create the Sand to Snow National Monument, encompassing 134,000 acres of federal land adjacent to Yucca Valley and Morongo Valley.
    • Create the Mojave Trails National Monument, protecting 941,000 acres of federal land.
    • Add adjacent lands to Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley National Park, and the Mojave National Preserve.
    • Protect nearly 76 miles of four important waterways.
    • Designate five new wilderness areas.
    • Designate approximately 250,000 acres of BLM wilderness areas near Fort Irwin.
    • Designate four existing off-highway vehicle areas in the California desert as permanent.

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