Senator Feinstein’s new California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act (S.414) would designate five new wilderness areas (204,650 acres), and add 95,110 acres to existing wilderness on public lands under management by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  The bill will also expand Death Valley National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, and the Mojave National Preserve by 64,407 acres, of which 32,520 acres will be additional wilderness to DVNP. It will also designate 59,076 acres of wilderness within DVNP. Altogether, the new desert protection bill would protect over 420,000 acres forever by designating them as wilderness or park additions, which means they can never be developed, mined, or otherwise disturbed. Generations to come will be able to experience the beautiful solitude of the California desert and link to past generations. Wildlife will be able to use corridors that have become increasingly important with climate change, and, rare and endangered plant and animal species will benefit by protecting their habitat.

Here is the @coyotethunder map of the to-be protected areas

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