To the Editor: Celebrate desert protection

Oct. 31, 2019, is more than just Halloween. We can also celebrate the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the California Desert Protection Act, which was signed into law on Oct. 31, 1994.

This act has been a tremendous benefit to our community. With this act Congress declared as its policy that appropriate public lands in the California desert must be included within the National Park system and the National Wilderness Preservation system in order to preserve the unrivaled scenic, geologic and wildlife values of these lands and to perpetuate their significant and diverse ecosystems. The enactment of this law led to the creation of the Death Valley National Park, which attracts thousands of visitors to the Ridgecrest area each year.

The law has had a broad and positive impact upon our desert. It was passed overwhelmingly by bipartisan support in both houses of Congress.

The enactment of the California Desert Protection Act is a treat worthy of celebration this Halloween.

Rose Whipple, Kerncrest Audubon Society president

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Story First Published: 2019-10-25