President Barack Obama is establishing monumental status to the beautiful South California desert. It was said that this move will help to maintain the fragile natural resources and ecosystem of that region. It will also serve in offering recreational opportunities for hunters, campers, hikers and others. Barack Obama made this announcement on Friday as part of a fundraising campaign. He would mention the region’s name to establish the national monuments. It includes the Castle Mountains, Sand to Snow Desert and Mojave Trails.
The Mojave Trails holds public land of more than 1.6 million acres. It protects recreational corridors and major wildlife between Mojave National Preserve and Joshua Tree National Park plus extra acreage in Sacramento Mountains, Cadiz Valley, and Bristol Dry Lake.
The areas that are included within monument include some major parts of Bigelow Cholla Garden Wilderness, fossil beds, prehistoric lava flow regions, extinct volcanoes, training camps of World War II era, trading routes of Native Americans, Route 66 and the largest Cactus Garden of California. It remains as a home to several animals like fringe toes lizards, bighorn sheep and desert tortoise.
The Castle Mountains covered about dry and rough 21,000 acres. It serves to protect the lost piece of Mojave National Preserve that is in the Northern part. It is almost close to the border of Nevada.
The Castle Mountains consists of native desert grassland that is occupied by the pronghorn. It is the only antelope type mammal in the North America. The mountains in this area remain as a home for golden eagles. The California mountain range includes the best Joshua tree, juniper forests, and pinyon pine in the desert of California and the leftovers of Hart that is a Gold Rush ghost city.
The Sand to Snow is a 154000-acre monument. It preserves the wildlife hallways between Joshua Tree National Park, San Jacinto Mountains, and San Bernardino Mountain. It has more than twelve endangered and threatened wildlife species and two hundred and forty species of birds.
The Sand to Snow range protects coastal chaparral, desert wetlands and mountain rivers, Joshua Tree woodlands, pinyon forests, conifer forests and alpine peaks. It’s thirty miles consists of headwaters of Santa Ana and Whitewater rivers, Flat Top Mesa and Black Lava Butte and Pacific Crest Trail.
It is an approach to protect the natural environment for recreation, conservation, and unparalleled inspiration. These areas are well known for stunning landscapes, wide open vistas, several undiscovered plant species, endangered animals and also Native American relics.