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California Native Plant Society
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Desert Defense Campaign to Protect and Preserve Desert Botanical Treasures and the DRECP
California Wildlands Rapid Response Fund, 2018
Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Inyo, and Kern counties.
Project Description:

This project is an all-hands-on-deck emergency drive to protect the California deserts from devastating mining, development, and exploitation. While it tiers off of work that has been ongoing for years, this is a new and unexpected emergency. Last month the Trump administration took an action that is intended not only as a direct attack on California but also an attack on federal lands, federal agencies and their dedicated staff, and on the very concept of bringing adversaries together to develop collaborative conservation plans.

We will fight to save the conservation lands delineated in the DRECP. We will support the good scientists in the BLM and beyond who worked so hard to secure those conservation gains, and we will fight to save the concept of working together. We will also bring together the broad public community that supports saving our priceless deserts, and coordinate their commitment to secure even broader protections.