CAMPAIGN FOR A CHAPARRAL PACIFIC CREST NATIONAL MONUMENT
The Chaparral Lands Conservancy has initiated an effort with several partner organizations seeking to establish a new National Monument along California’s Chaparral Pacific Crest in the mountains and desert of eastern San Diego County, southern Riverside County, and western Imperial County.
Located on the Cleveland National Forest and other nearby federal land owned and managed by the Bureau of Land Management, wild natural lands in this region support a rugged and scenic terrain of unique climates and ecology, wildlife and plants, wildlife corridors, and special Tribal cultural places.
Thousands of nearby human residents also look to these last nearby natural places for outdoor recreation and relief from modern life. The Chaparral Pacific Crest includes many popular recreation destinations like the shady forests of Palomar Mountain, chaparral trails near Beauty Mountain, cool waters of the San Luis Rey River, desert views from the San Felipe Hills, waterfalls of the San Diego River, forest meadows and stunning cliffs of the Laguna Mountains, and high desert granite boulders of the California border lands.
But natural places along the Chaparral Pacific Crest exist in an obscure patchwork of preservation or undermanagement and threats. Landfills, industrial energy projects, mines, and other harmful development have all threatened these public lands in recent decades. And limited agency budgets don’t reflect the extraordinary nature and pressing needs for better management of natural and cultural places, resources, and outdoor recreation.
Recognizing these problems and needs, The Chaparral Lands Conservancy is pursuing designation of a new National Monument for this area under the federal Antiquities Act of 1906. Special natural and cultural resources in this region meet the Antiquities Act definition of “objects of historic or scientific interest” situated on federal public land and suitable for inclusion in a new National Monument. Establishment of a new Monument would help reduce threats, increase management funding and resources, and bring together agencies, tribes, and stakeholders to coordinate and consolidate effective management of cherished public lands and resources in the region. And a new National Monument would further state and federal goals to conserve thirty percent of the Nation and California’s Land & Coastal Waters by 2030. Agency officials, Tribes, sportspeople, and recreation stakeholders are invited to join together in support of improved land and resource management under a new National Monument along California’s Chaparral Pacific Crest.
- Keep beautiful undeveloped mountain and desert federal lands as they are.
- Protect globally important biodiversity.
- Protect Tribal cultural uses and places.
- Enhance outdoor recreation and equitable access to nature.
- Sustain the rural character of nearby communities.
- Benefit local economies and assist communities with contact and management of increasing visitors.
- Protect our watersheds and help address climate change.
- Increase resources for agencies and Tribes for natural and cultural resources management and improved visitor experience.
- Establish a new National Monument on federal lands along California’s Chaparral Pacific Crest in the mountains and high desert eastern San Diego County, southern Riverside County, and western Imperial County.
- Prohibit new development projects and increase agency funding and staff to improve management of sensitive natural and Tribal cultural places and resources within the new National Monument.
- Consolidate improved land and resource management across National Monument federal land ownerships and prepare a single comprehensive Monument management plan.
- Establish authority of Tribal nations to participate directly in management of National Monument resources. Pursue opportunities for co-management of National Monument resources and special cultural places by Tribal nations and federal land management agencies.
- Establish popular support for the National Monument among elected officials, federal land agencies, Tribal nations, and stakeholders such as BIPOC communities, environmental organizations, businesses and business associations, community groups, recreation organizations, and others.
REQUEST FOR ENDORSEMENT AND SUPPORT
Please contact National Monument campaign organizer Kathleen Beck for more information, to sign up for future notices, or to endorse the Monument: firstname.lastname@example.org