Twenty years ago, in 1994, the California Desert Protection Act (CDPA) enlarged and re-designated Joshua Tree and Death Valley national monuments as national parks, established Mojave National Preserve, and designated 69 new Bureau of Land Management (BLM) widlerness areas totaling 3.57 million acres. In total, between BLM lands transferred to the National Park Service (NPS) and lands managed by the NPS, BLM, and other federal agencies being given wilderness or other designations, the CDPA dramatically increased the level of protection for over 8.6 million acres of the California desert. For these reasons, the CDPA is widely regarded as one of our nations's most important place-based, public lands conservation laws.
The CDPA 20th anniversary in Fall 2014 presented an opportunity to celebrate and support conservation of the California Deserts Region. Joshua Tree National Park Council for the Arts was proud to play a role in the anniversary celebration by coordinating, supporting, and promoting events throughout the desert region. Feel free to contact us for more information. Visit our MEDIA page to see event coverage!