California Desert Protection Act

The desert plays a role in many faith traditions because it is a place of solitude and reflection.

The California Desert Protection Act (CDPA) would further protect areas like the Mojave Desert, Death Valley and Joshua Tree, as well as establish two new national monuments. One of these would be the Sand to Snow National Monument, which would elevate the protection of one of California's most diverse landscapes, as well as protect wildlife corridors between the San Bernardino Mountains, San Jacinto Mountains and Joshua Tree National Park. It includes the headwaters of southern California's longest river, the Santa Ana River, as well as the headwaters of the Whitewater River.

The Mojave Desert has been a hotbed of debate over the need to balance the push for solar energy with the protection of the landscape and its economic benefits. Measure like CDPA are necessary to ensure public lands are protected for the public – so that family traditions like hunting together, camping, hiking and picnicking can continue for generations.

We have a moral responsibility – we belong to the land, it doesn’t belong to us – to serve as its stewards and protect the landscape.

Key Decision Makers

Senator Diane Feinstein
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Senator Barbara Boxer
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Representative Raul Ruiz
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