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Sand to Snow National Monument

Photo:  BLM
Photo: BLM

2016 Success

Grantee:  California Wilderness Coalition and Conservation Lands Foundation

Result: 154,000 acres protected

Since 2008, we made a total of seven grants to California Wilderness Coalition and Conservation Lands Foundation to protect 1.8 million acres of BLM land in the California desert. In February 2016, President Obama permanently protected this landscape when he designated Mojave Trails National Monument, Sand to Snow National Monument and Castle Mountains National Monument. The three monuments connect Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks and the Mojave National Preserve to create the second largest protected landscape in the world. Sand to Snow National Monument preserves 154,000 acres between Joshua Tree National Park and the San Bernardino National Forest, and includes 24 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail.