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BLM Wilderness Areas - Califonia

National Parks & Preserve

Maps and Information June 1995

This book is available at any BLM office in California. Following is a description included in the publication:

The Wilderness Act of 1964

"Wilderness areas shall be administered for the use and enjoyment of the American people in such manner as will leave them unimpaired for future use and enjoyment... "

Wilderness is a natural preserve with outstanding opportunities for solitude and unconfined primitive experience. Wilderness is a place to enjoy where ecological, geological and other features of scientific, scenic, educational and historical value are protected and their character retained.

The Wilderness Act was passed by Congress in 1964 to ensure that population growth and development did not alter all of the Nation's lands. The Wilderness Act established the National Wilderness Preservation System, which is composed of federally-owned areas designated by Congress as wilderness.

The California Desert Protection Act is one of the largest pieces of wilderness legislation ever passed by Congress. Signed into law by President Clinton, the Act preserves the unrivaled values which portray the Old West and remain essentially unaltered by human activity.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has responsibility for 9.5 million acres of public lands in the southern California Desert. The California Desert Protection Act gives special wilderness designation to 69 individual BLM areas covering 3.6 million acres of this land.

This document provides information about these BLM wilderness areas. A map outlining the boundaries for each wilderness area is included, and a general description providing such information as size, land ownership, natural resources and access accompanies each map. To locate a specific wilderness area and map, use the index and general location map found at the front of this document. Individual maps are arranged in alphabetical order.

For more information about these wilderness areas, contact the offices listed at the bottom of each wilderness description.

BLM/CA/GI-95/002+8560, Rev. 6/95

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