According to the latest news from Capitol Hill, the current omnibus lands bill (a combination of many proposed conservation bills into one piece of legislation) does not currently include the California Desert Protection Act of 2010 (S. 2921), or any wilderness designations in California's deserts. Senator Feinstein introduced the California Desert Protection Act of 2010 (CDPA 2010) late last year, but it has not yet been reported from the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. CDPA 2010 is unlikely to be included in an omnibus lands bill until it has passed from the committee, but time is running out.
Call or e-mail Senator Feinstein's staff to urge them to work to include the California Desert Protection Act of 2010 in the final omnibus bill. Otherwise, the chances of wilderness protection in California's deserts next year are dim. CDPA 2010 would set aside over over 1 million acres of pristine desert for conservation, including areas along Historic Route 66, and establish two new national monuments.
Senator Feinstein's office: send her staff an email from the Senator's official website, or call her Washington DC office at (202) 224-3841.
For more information on CDPA 2010, you can read this blog's previous post or go to the Campaign for the California Desert website.
A map of the land use provision of the bill is copied below:
CA Desert Protection Act Map