TO: United States Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has achieved a great milestone in establishing the California Desert Conservation Lands through the Desert Renewable Energy and Conservation Plan (DRECP) and has demonstrated a commitment to effectively managing and caring for these places by beginning the process of mineral withdrawal of these lands in order to fully protect them.
Thank you for fulfilling your responsibility to manage these special lands for conservation and ensure that they are permanently protected from threats to their cultural, historic, scientific, and recreational value by proposing to withdraw more than 1.3 million acres from new industrial scale mining.
In order to ensure these new Conservation Lands live up to their name and remain as natural, open, and undeveloped as possible for future generations, I support the proposed mineral withdrawal. Not only is this the standard for all National Conservation Lands, it is also a vital piece in the complete protection of these irreplaceable pieces of the California desert.
Thank you for your leadership in protecting the California Desert.