This fall marks the 25th anniversary of the California Desert Protection Act (the Act), which designated Joshua Tree and Death Valley as national parks, established the Mojave National Preserve, and designated 69 wilderness areas managed in the California desert. 

The Act catalyzed 25 years of desert protection measures which have brought enormous benefits to the region, including five national monuments and millions of acres of lands specifically to be used for recreation and conservation as designated under the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan.  

Our goal this fall is to have 25 municipalities help celebrate 25 years of the California Desert Protection Act by passing local resolutions commemorating its achievements!

Help get your municipality on board in THREE STEPS…

  1. Click your municipality in the list below;

  2. Call one or more of your councilmembers, using the script provided; or

  3. If you are unable to call, send a quick email to the general city council inbox or individual councilmembers, using or adapting the script provided.

Municipalities that have passed actions supporting the California Desert Protection Act: Apple Valley, Bishop, Chino, Chino Hills, Colton, Grand Terrace, Indio, Moreno Valley, Redlands, Palm Desert, County of Los Angeles, County of San Bernardino, County of Inyo.

Call Script

If no one answers, feel free to leave your message on voicemail.

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Hi, my name is (First Name, Last Name) and I am a resident of (Your City). I am here to offer my support for the city council passing a resolution to celebrate 25 Years of Desert Protection. In the 25 years since the California Desert Protection Act was signed into law, the desert has thrived. This anniversary is an important occasion to appreciate the public lands we enjoy in the California desert and recognize that without the last 25 years of desert conservation. Please support a resolution honoring 25 years of desert protection. Thank you for your time.

(If you speak to the councilmember or a live person and they want more information, please direct them to desertlands.org/25years.)

Email Script

After you have called your councilmember(s), have more impact by sending an email message as well.

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My name is _____ and I am a resident of ________.  This fall marks the 25th anniversary of the California Desert Protection Act (the CDPA), which in addition to enlarging and re-designating Joshua Tree and Death Valley as national parks, established the Mojave National Preserve, and established 69 wilderness areas. 

In the 25 years since the CDPA was signed into law, the desert has thrived. The Act catalyzed 25 years of desert protection measures which have brought enormous benefits to the region, including  five national monuments and millions of acres of lands specifically to be used for recreation and conservation. 

Cities can be a powerful voice to recognize the values of the California desert. It is my hope that [City] will participate and support this effort by joining cities throughout the desert in passing resolutions celebrating the last Twenty-Five Years of Desert Protection. 

To learn more and find a sample resolution, please visit DesertLands.org/lands/25years.

Thank you for your consideration,

First & Last Name
Street Address
City, CA Zip Code

California Municipalities

Click your municipality to be taken to your council’s page. This will open up in a new tab, preserving this page so that you have easy access to the phone and email script.

*Municipalities that have already adopted a resolution appear without a link.

Resources to Help Pass a Resolution