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.
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
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.