Success Story 2016

Castle Mountains National Monument

Photo: David Lamfrom
Castle Mountains National Monument
CalWild Conservation Lands Foundation
20,920 acres protected

Since 2008, we made a total of seven grants to California Wilderness Coalition and Conservation Lands Foundation to protect 1.8 million acres of BLM land in the California desert. In February 2016, President Obama permanently protected this landscape when he designated Mojave Trails National Monument, Sand to Snow National Monument and Castle Mountains National Monument. The three monuments connect Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks and the Mojave National Preserve to create the second largest protected landscape in the world. The 20,920-acre Castle Mountains National Monument preserves a ridge of desert peaks and rare grasslands roughly 100 miles south of Las Vegas, Nevada.