Vet Voice Foundation Tours Californian Desert
This week California Vet Voice Director and members of The Wilderness Society and Wildlands Conservancy toured the Mojave Trails National Monument and areas around Joshua Tree National Park. The purpose of the visit was to get a better understanding of the areas that are included in the upcoming California Desert Protection Act, which Dianne Feinstein will be sponsoring this year.
Twenty years ago this fall, the California Desert Protection Act (CDPA) enlarged and re-designated Joshua Tree and Death Valley national monuments as national parks, established Mojave National Preserve, and designated 69 new Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wilderness areas totaling 3.57 million acres. In total, between BLM lands transferred to the National Park Service (NPS) and lands managed by the NPS, BLM, and other federal agencies being given wilderness or other designations, the CDPA dramatically increased the level of protection for over 8.6 million acres of the California desert. For these reasons, the CDPA is widely regarded as one of our nation's most important place-based, public lands conservation laws.
The Vet Voice Foundation is proud to support the continued protection of the desert for people to enjoy for years to come. "I recently had the opportunity to tour the Mojave Trails National Monument and areas around Joshua Tree National Park.", said Steve Dunwoody, Iraq War Vet and California Director for the Vet Voice Foundation. "The scenic views of the beauty and peaceful solitude were indescribable. In addition to the wilderness we saw there. These and other areas of the desert need protection, as Veterans we strongly believe in protecting our country and our lands."