Proposed National Monument in the Chuckwalla Valley
Andrea Iniguez, California Wilderness Coalition (CalWild), Riverside County Public Lands Fellow and Linda Castro, Assistant Policy Director for CalWild, will provide an update on the momentum to create a new national monument in the California desert to protect important historical lands, cultural resources, and biodiverse species.
Conservation partners are working to preserve this region by establishing a new national monument, expanding wilderness areas, and designating a new wild and scenic river. The public lands conservation proposal is being organized to honor and recognize the Indigenous cultural histories of the Iviatim, Kwatsáan, Maarrenga’yam, Nüwü, Pipa Aha Macav (the Cahuilla, Chemehuevi, Mojave, Quechan, and Serrano) peoples; increase access to world-class nature for local residents and visitors; protect fragile desert wildlife and facilitate habitat connectivity; and help boost local economies. The California deserts are important habitat for an incredible number of imperiled and rare species, and almost the entirety of the proposed monument is critical habitat for the threatened desert tortoise
The Protect California Deserts campaign aims to accomplish the following:
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