By definition, a national monument preserves the unique natural, historic or cultural heritage of public lands. National monuments are created by Congressional legislative action or by Presidential Proclamation using the Antiquities Act of 1906.
The Mojave Trails National Monument was created by Presidential Proclamation, joining a list of 15 other monuments in the state of California. Spanning 1.6 million acres, more than 350,000 acres of previously congressionally designated Wilderness, the Mojave Trails National Monument is under the administrative oversight of the Bureau of Land Management. They are required to develop a management plan for the monument.
The Proclamation defines the permitted activities that can happen within the monument. In general, the proclamation provides for existing uses and activities and does not limit or prohibit rock hunting. Rock hounders are welcome to continue collecting limited amounts of rocks, minerals, and gemstones in the Monument in accordance with the Bureau of Land Management's rock collecting guidelines.
The current system of designate routes of travel are scheduled to remain open for street-legal vehicles. However, during the planning effort, issues could be addressed that will lead to the closure of some routes to preserve the unique natural, historic or cultural heritage of public lands.
Over the coming months, the Bureau of Land Management will be developing a management plan to help guide the uses and activities that occur in the Monument. Public “Envisioning Sessions” were scheduled for August 30, 31, and September 1.
The questionnaire being circulated by BLM is attached.
Please use it to share your vision of the Mojave Trails National Monument with BLM....