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Interior Department Leaders to Host Community Meeting on Management of Southern California’s Public Lands

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – On Friday, June 14, Department of the Interior leaders will host a public
meeting in Indio to hear from community members about management of the region’s public lands,
including the proposal to establish the Chuckwalla National Monument.

The community meeting is part of the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to support locally
led conservation efforts across the country. In May, Secretary Deb Haaland visited Southern
California to meet with federal, state, Tribal and local officials and community members to learn
about their vision for conserving the area’s natural and cultural resources and meeting shared clean
energy goals.

Members of the California delegation have introduced legislation to establish Chuckwalla National
Monument and expand Joshua Tree National Park.

WHAT: Community meeting regarding management of the region’s public lands.
WHEN: Friday, June 14 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. PST. Doors will open to the public at 9:30 a.m. PST.
WHERE: Riverside County Fairgrounds, 46263 Oasis Street (Gate 11), Indio, CA 92201.
RSVP: Members of the media are encouraged to RSVP to Michelle Van Der Linden at mvanderlinden@blm.gov by Thursday, June 13, at 12:00 PM PST.