Some of the Coachella Valley's picturesque landscape will be preserved for generations to come thanks to the designation of the Sand To Snow National Monument.
It is one of three national monuments designated by President Obama during his trip to the Coachella Valley last month. The President also designated the Mojave Trails and Castle Mountains National Monuments.
CVAG, the Coachella Valley Conservation Commission (CVCC), the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau and leaders from across Riverside County were part of a diverse coalition that supported Sen. Dianne Feinstein's effort to get the lands preserved.
|The Whitewater Preserve is part of the newly designated Sand To Snow National Monument.|
To find the Sand To Snow National Monument, look northwest from the Coachella Valley and continue on until you see the top of Southern California's tallest peak, Mount San Gorgonio. As the name "Sand to Snow" indicates, this is a place to both explore desert lands and, in the cooler months, head to higher elevations for winter sports.
The Sand to Snow National Monument is easily accessible for the residents of and visitors to the Coachella Valley, encompassing 25 miles of the iconic Pacific Crest Trail as well as the valley's own Whitewater Preserve.
The Sand To Snow National Monument also complements the land conservation goals that are spearheaded by the CVCC, which is the lead agency for the Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan. There are 154,000 acres of federal land within the new Monument, and 48,821 acres overlap with our conservation areas. The Sand to Snow National Monument is a critical wildlife corridor in Southern California, and designating these public lands helps our effort to protect open desert and threatened and endangered species.
Designating the Sand to Snow National Monument also is good for our regional economy, as these visitors stay in our hotels and shop in our businesses. Visitors to Joshua Tree, as well as Death Valley National Park and the Mojave National Preserve, added $165 million to the economy and supported 2,000 jobs in 2013.
The new National Monuments will provide future generations an opportunity to get outside and enjoy the wonders of our desert lands.