Joshua Tree, CA – Yesterday, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke held a press briefing delivering an interim recommendation to adjust the boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument. The statement is the first from the Department of the Interior’s review of the national monuments after April’s Executive Order.

“Secretary Zinke’s recommendation demonstrates the administration’s willingness to play political games with our public lands,” commented Frazier Haney, Conservation Director, MDLT. “Bears Ears is unquestionably beautiful and sacred. Its rich cultural heritage and unique natural landscapes deserve the full protections afforded by national monument status.”

“The California desert national monuments are most beneficial to our desert community exactly the way they are,” commented Danielle Segura, Executive Director, MDLT. “We want to make clear to the administration that we do not want the borders of our Mojave Monuments changed. An attack on one national monument is an attack on all the national monuments under review. We will continue to collect public comments to ensure the voices in our desert community are heard.”

The Department of the Interior’s public comment period for the national monuments under review – including Mojave Trails and Sand to Snow – closes July 10. The Mojave Desert Land Trust will continue to conduct its Desert Defenders campaign to collect public comments and rally local public support for the national monuments in light of the continued federal threats to their protection.

The Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to protect and care for lands with natural, scenic and cultural value within the Mojave Desert. For more information, visit


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