California chamber endorses Feinstein desert bill

The California Chamber of Commerce has endorsed the California Desert Protection Bill, which is sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

The bill would establish two national monuments in the Mojave Desert, to be called the Sand to Snow National Monument and the Mojave Trails National Monument.

The Sad to Snow National Monument would include lands east of Mount San Gorgonia and west of Joshua Tree National Park. The Movaje Trails National Monument would encompass an area of the desert north of Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center and south of Mojave National Preserve. The historic Route 66 would pass through the latter proposed national monument.

The bill would also give federal recognition to five existing off-highway vehicle areas.
Feinstein’s bill is numbered S. 138. The bill has no co-sponsors in the Senate and was referred to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee in January 2011.