Interior holds hearing on possible California monument

By Scott Streater | 06/17/2024 01:31 PM EDT

Visits by high-ranking administration officials signal interest from President Joe Biden.

Corn Springs Campground is located deep in a canyon of the Chuckwalla Mountains.

The Corn Springs Campground, located in a canyon of the Chuckwalla Mountains, is one site that advocates want included in a proposed Chuckwalla National Monument in California. Kyle Sullivan/Bureau of Land Management/Flickr

The Biden administration continues to signal that it’s seriously evaluating a potential new national monument proposal in Southern California.

Senior officials with the Interior Department, including Bureau of Land Management Director Tracy Stone-Manning, attended a community meeting Friday to gather feedback on the possible designation of the Chuckwalla National Monument.

The hearing — also attended by Laura Daniel-Davis, Interior’s acting deputy secretary — was held at the Riverside County Fairgrounds and drew about 700 people, most of whom spoke in favor of the new monument, according to advocates who attended.


BLM confirmed that Daniel-Davis and Stone-Manning attended the hearing.