Wilderness Coalition is keeping track of the scores of claims in
California’s desert, forest, mountains and coastline. Learn more and
view maps and photos.
In February 2003,
California BLM published internal guidance on how they intend to
address RS 2477 claims under the disclaimer rule. Read their
additional agency memos (NOTE – these links may be down to court
orders concerning lack of security of Interior Department websites).
a November 22, 2003 report from the California Wilderness Coalition
about the 5,500+ miles of proposed RS 2477 highways threatening
national treasures like Sequoia National Park, Mojave National
Preserve, and California's "Lost Coast."
Wilderness Coalition published a 2005 report of the ten most
threatened wild areas in the state--many of them under pressure from
RS 2477 claims.
Read the coalition's report and
an account from the San Diego Union Tribune from March 29, 2005.
National Park Lands
at Risk: Mojave National Preserve and San Bernardino County
San Bernardino County, in the California
desert, launches an aggressive campaign to claim rights to thousands
of miles of trails and footpaths across federal lands.
Click for details.
A Rare Desert Stream
Under Attack in Death Valley National Park: Surprise Canyon
A stream within Death Valley National Park comes under attack.
Click for details.
More National Park
Lands at Risk: Death Valley National Park and Inyo County
Inyo County jumps into the fray as well, seeking rights-of-way in
Death Valley. Click here for details.
Other Desert Lands at
San Bernardino County
is also pressing a claim to a route known as Camp Rock Road that cuts
through habitat for the threatened desert tortoise. An article
in the Desert Dispatch on the November 24, 2003 reported the County's
concern about their application to the California Bureau of Land
Management for a right to take over the route.
Coastal Lands at Risk:
at the Blue Ribbon Coalition are attempting to get 140 miles of
claimed rights-of-way through the King Range National Conservation
Area along California's "Lost Coast," and threatening to blaze
motorized trails without the BLM's permission.
Read their November 6, 2003, letter.