August 18, 2015
Vet Voice Foundation Grateful Sen. Feinstein asked President Obama to help Protect California Desert
The Vet Voice Foundation expressed support today to Senator Feinstein for asking President Obama to use his authority under the Antiquities Act to protect multiple areas of the Californian desert as a national monument. These areas—Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow, and the Castle Mountains—mean a great deal to Veterans and their families, not only as scenic places to hike, camp and relax in, but also as places of quiet repose and recovery for Veterans suffering from PTSD and other war-related trauma.
It was President Theodore Roosevelt, a Veteran and devoted conservationist, who first used his authority under the Antiquities Act to help protect iconic places, such as the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park. This too is a historic opportunity to permanently protect public lands in the California desert for future generations by designating the Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow, and Castle Mountains as National Monuments. This push for designation comes after nearly a decade of work by local leaders on legislative efforts to protect the California desert.
“We urge President Obama to use the Antiquities Act to designate the Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow, and Castle Mountains as National Monuments and support Senator Feinstein’s request for the President to do so.” said Steve Dunwoody, California Director of the Vet Voice Foundation. “We also remain committed to passing the California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act of 2015, legislation championed by Senator Feinstein. We want to see every tool available used to protect these lands – from national monument designations by President Obama to passing the CDCRA. for Veterans, their families, and the wider community.”
Founded in 2009, the mission of Vet Voice Foundation is to mobilize veterans to become leaders in our nation's democracy through participation in the civic and democratic process. VVF seeks to harness the energy and drive of the dedicated men and women who have fought for their country, and put it to work at home and in their communities on the important issues they face, such as health care, jobs, the environment, and housing.