While much of the debate surrounding CDPA 2010 in the coming year is certain to focus on a parochially characterized clash between environmental and economic interests, we should not forget that within the Mojave Desert lies our national heritage intertwined with a natural heritage. American Indians, settlers, homesteaders, the economic migrants of the Great Depression, and generations of military recruits and test pilots have all experienced the vast open wilderness and harsh solitude of the Mojave Desert. CDPA 2010, if approved by Congress, would go beyond protecting part of a fragile ecosystem, it would preserve a national experience for future Americans. You can read one of my more recent CDPA posts here.
Abandoned Structure in Ludlow, California (January 2010)