Letter: Group, Request Desert Conservancy Legislation
Posted by Laraine Turk on January 12, 2021
Related MBCA News follows this letter.
Posted by Laraine Turk
· January 13, 2021 8:01 AM
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MBCA has joined 13 other conservation-minded organizations in requesting California Assemblymember James Ramos carry legislation to establish a desert conservancy program in the Wildlife Conservation Board
, whose primary purpose is to approve funding for wildlife habitat protection, restoration and wildlife-oriented public access projects.
With increased desert tourism and the effects of climate change, additional attention is needed for California deserts. Learn more about the request in the coalition letter
sent January 12, 2021.
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