View of San Jacinto Peak, from the 640-acre property

WLT's San Gorgonio Wilderness project becomes part of proposed National Monument in California

WLT's San Gorgonio Wilderness project becomes part of proposed National Monument in California

Feb. 10, 2015


Senator Dianne Feinstein just yesterday introduced a bill to designate the Sand to Snow National Monument.  It encompasses some of the most scenic lands and diverse ecosystems in California—coniferous forests, riparian woodlands, and low-lying desert.

 

The Wilderness Land Trust worked two years to acquire a key piece in this complex puzzle, 640 acres of private land within the San Gorgonio Wilderness, with a stretch of the north fork of the Whitewater River--lifeline to Desert bighorn sheep, bears, mountain lions and endangered birds, the least Bell’s vireo and the willow flycatcher.

 

Near Palm Springs and on a popular trail, the property offers dramatic views to some of the highest peaks in California--the 11,500-foot San Gorgonio Peak, the highest in San Bernardino Mountains, and the 10,624-foot San Bernardino Peak, the initial point from which all of Southern California was surveyed in 1852.

 

View Proposal Map

(Note that the WLT acquisition was Section 25, in the dark green USFS Wilderness, south of the "Nat" in "National")


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