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SOURCE: News Release, D. Feinstein,
December 21, 2009
Protection Act of 2010
Title I: California Desert Conservation and Recreation
Sec 101: Amendments to the California Desert
Protection Act of 1994
Title XIII: Mojave Trails National Monument.
- Establishes a national monument managed by the Bureau of Land Management
(BLM) protecting 941,000 acres of federal land between Joshua Tree National
Park and the Mojave Preserve along historic Route 66 in San Bernardino
Title XIV: Sand to Snow National Monument
- Establishes a national monument covering approximately 134,000 acres of
federal land between Joshua Tree National Park and the San Bernardino
National Forest in San Bernardino and Riverside counties....
Title V: Wilderness
- Designates approximately 250,000 acres in five BLM Wilderness Study
Areas near Fort Irwin as wilderness as well as portions of Death Valley
National Park (90,000 acres) and the San Bernardino National Forest (4,300
- Releases approximately 126,000 acres in the Cady and Soda Mountains that
were designated wilderness study areas in the 1994 California Desert
Protection Act, thereby allowing vehicular access to these areas.
Title VI: Vinagre Wash Special Management Area
- Designates a “special management area” covering a total of 76,000 acres
in eastern Imperial County in order to conserve, protect and enhance plant
and wildlife management as well as nationally significant ecological,
recreational, archeological, and cultural resources. The area also contains
approximately 49,000 acres of potential wilderness and approximately 12,000
acres of former private land donated to the federal government for
Title VII: National Park System Additions
- Adds approximately 74,000 acres of land to the National Park System,
- Death Valley: Approximately 41,000 acres...
- Mojave Preserve: Almost 30,000 acres...
- Joshua Tree: Approximately 2,900 acres...
Title XVIII: Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Areas
- Designates four existing, administratively designated off-highway
vehicle areas in San Bernardino County as permanent off-highway vehicle
recreation areas. Land management would remain as it exists today, but the
BLM would be given discretion whether to require a new site specific
management plan or simply modify its existing desert-wide management plan....
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