5 Environs 1 (1980-1981)

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Volume 5, Number 1
December, 1980
ENVIRONS, a non-partisan environmental
law/natural resources newsletter pub-
lished by King Hall School of Law, and
edited by the Environmental Law Society,
University of California, Davis.
Designation of the employer or other
affiliation of the author(s) of any article is
given for purposes of identification of the
author(s) only. The views expressed herein
are those of the authors, and do not
necessarily reflect the position of the
University of California, School of Law,
Environmental Law Society, or of any
employer or organization with which an
author is affiliated.
Submission of Comments, Letters to the
Editor, and Articles are encouraged. We
reserve the right to edit and/or print these
Michael Endicott
Senior Editor
Woody Brooks
Content Coordinator
Ginny Cahill
Editorial Coordinator
Barb Malchick
Production Manager
Anne Frassetto
Financial Managers
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Gail Klein
Dee Hanlon
Judith Andress
Brad Benning
Wally Burton
Billy Davies
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Lisa Haage
Jay Long
Clancy Nixon
Laurie Snyder
Wendy Thomson
Ken Turner
Eric Woychik
Special Acknowledgement
Harrison C. Dunning
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Copyright C
December 1960 UCD Environmental Law Society

In the eastern half of Southern California, stretching from the
Mexican border in the south to Death Valley in the north, lies a vast
expanse of unbroken desert. Totaling over 25 million acres, this desert
comprises one-fourth of the land area of California. Far from being the
wasteland that the label connotes, the California Desert is a land rich in
beauty, in natural resources, and in cultural heritage.
As with all public lands, use conflicts have inevitably arisen in the
desert. But the desert is unique in that the support systems upon which
life depend are fragile and easily disrupted by human interference, thus
requiring special care. The U.S. Congress recognized this and man-
dated the development of the California Desert Plan to guide the
management of the desert into the next century.
The Federal Land Policy and Management Act
In 1976 Congress passed the Federal Land Policy and Manage-
ment Act (FLPMA) for the purpose of determining the management
future of 470 million acres of public lands throughout the western
states managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) of the Inte-
rior Department. Of the California Desert's 25 million acres, 12.6 mil-
lion come under the authority of BLM. In FLPMA, Congress stated
that the California Desert environment is a total ecosystem that is
extremely fragile, easily scarred, and slowly healed; . . . and its
resources including certain rare and endangered species . . . and
numerous archeological and historic sites, are seriously threatened by
air pollution, inadequate Federal management authority, and pressures
of increased use. (43 U.S.C. 1701).

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