MORONGO BASIN MAC VOTES TO SUPPORT LOCAL NATIONAL MONUMENTS

MORONGO BASIN MAC VOTES TO SUPPORT LOCAL NATIONAL MONUMENTS

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council cut it uncomfortably close last night, voicing its opinion on an important national issue just hours before the deadline to do so. Reporter David Haldane was there and explains…

The MAC basically told President Trump to take a hike. Preferably in one of two nearby national monuments whose boundaries, it believes, should stay the same despite the president’s inclination to shrink them.

It all happened last night as the council unanimously approved a resolution supporting the current size and shapes of Sand to Snow and Mojave Trails, both protected areas on Trump’s hit list of national preserves to be reviewed by the Interior Department. To alter them, the resolution argued, would damage important natural resources, undermining the quality of life for Basin residents.

In other business, the MAC was addressed by County Supervisor James Ramos, who endorsed the national monuments resolution and updated them on various county issues. It also heard a report on county efforts to promote tourism, and received a surprise announcement: that Joshua Tree National Park will be officially declared a Dark Sky Park on August 12.

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