In order to balance conservation priorities with other uses in the vast California Desert, the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) designated some areas for development, and some for conservation and recreation now known as the California Desert National Conservation Lands.
As their name suggests, these lands are intended to be managed for conservation, and to make sure that happens the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has to make sure no new industrial mining is permitted on our Conservation Lands, through a public process of mineral withdrawal. On December 27, 2016, BLM began this process for the California Desert Conservation Lands.
BLM has demonstrated it’s commitment to these spectacular places. Now, BLM must continue to move the mineral withdrawal process forward and finish the job of conserving the California Desert Conservation Lands. And we support their efforts!
Support your California Desert Conservation Lands by signing the online petition, and urge BLM to fully protect the incredible cultural and ecological resources in the California Desert Conservation Lands.
SEE THE PETITION TEXT
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.