Obama Designates 3 New National Monuments
The NALC thanks President Obama for acting immediately to honor the decades of cooperation, outreach, and support for the protection of the California desert by designating these public lands as National Monuments.
“We’d like to express our sincere thanks to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Senator Dianne Feinstein, for their ongoing support,” stated NALC President, Michael Madrigal. “We hope that our desert community’s longstanding efforts to protect these lands will be recognized by President Obama as he exercises his authority under the Antiquities Act to designate these public lands as National Monuments.”
The NALC was founded in 1998 to acquire, preserve, and protect Native American sacred lands. The NALC works with tribes, conservation groups, educational institutions, landowners, and state and federal agencies to ensure the long-term protection of Native American cultural landscapes. As an inter-tribal non-profit, the NALC is committed to managing these landscapes in a manner that preserves their integrity and promotes an understanding of their value to tribes nationwide and their neighbors in the community at large.
The NALC owns 2,560 acres of private land in San Bernardino County known as the Old Woman Mountains Preserve, which would fall within the boundaries of the newly created National Monument. “We are confident that the areas incorporated into the National Monument will be managed to protect their unique biological, cultural, and historic resources for future generations,” said NALC Board Member Nicole A. Johnson.
Under the 1906 Antiquities Act, President Obama has proclaimed the Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow, and the Caslte Mountains as National Monuments. Establishment of the Mojave Trails National Monument will provide a new level of protection to the Old Woman Mountains Preserve. This designation discourage uses on public lands which threaten the area’s sensitive cultural and ecological resources.
“We are pleased with Senator Feinstein’s active engagement on this issue, her many years of personal support for the protection of the desert’s natural resources, and her willingness to build bridges with local tribal communities in adopting these protection measures,” said Michael Madrigal. “We look forward in participating in the land management process of these lands by designation of President's Obama Administration and coordinating with Senator Feinstein’s office.”
Achema “Thank you from the Native American Land Conservancy”
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
Senator Dianne Feinstein
We thank you for honoring the decades of cooperation, outreach and support for the protection of the California desert by designating the Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow, and Castle Mountains National Monuments. This protection protects sensitive cultural and ecological resources for future generations. It also promotes understanding of the value of these lands for tribes and our neighbors in the community at -large.