SUPPORT NATIONAL CONSERVATION LAND STATUS FOR THE JUNIPER FLATS BLM AREA
Juniper Flats is an undeveloped desert and mountain landscape that deserves the highest possible level of protection for its rich cultural heritage, rare and endangered plants and animals, and great variety of recreational uses. It extends 21 miles along the northern slopes of the San Bernardino Mountains above Lucerne and Apple Valleys from near the Mojave River to Highway 18.
We use Juniper Flats for hiking, rock hounding, bird-watching, and OHV travel. It boasts a historic access route once used by native tribes, miners, and loggers. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail skirts its boundary. Juniper Flats is home to at least 46 protected, threatened, or endangered species of plants and animals, including carbonate-endemic plants that grow nowhere else in the world. Critical wildlife corridors cross Juniper Flats between the San Bernardino and Granite Mountains.
National Conservation Lands are nationally significant landscapes with “outstanding cultural, ecological, and scientific values.” They receive the BLM’s highest level of protection. Juniper Flats deserves a place among these few, highly unique national landscapes.
National Conservation Land status for Juniper Flats will keep it as it is—protected from development, with all of its recreational, historical, and educational uses preserved for the benefit of this and future generations. We support administrative action by the BLM and legislative action by the United States Congress to designate Juniper Flats a National Conservation Land.