"President Barack Obama on Friday set aside 1.8 million acres of Southern California desert for protection, using his sometimes controversial executive power to designate three new national monuments.
In a long-anticipated decision, Obama designated the Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains national monuments in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
“The California desert is a cherished and irreplaceable resource for the people of Southern California,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said.
The federal government already owns the affected lands, and Jewell noted that “valid existing” uses, including by the U.S. military, can continue."
Luckily riding is a "valid existing use" ......
I'll be out riding.