A bill to provide for conservation, enhanced recreation opportunities, and development of renewable energy in the California Desert Conservation Area, and for other purposes.

Introduced in Senate
California Desert Protection and Recreation Act of 2017

This bill amends the California Desert Protection Act of 1994 to, among other
things:  *  establish or designate wilderness areas, a special management area,
   off-highway vehicle recreation areas, and a national scenic area; 
 *  release specified wilderness study areas; 
 *  adjust national park and preserve boundaries; and 
 *  specify land withdrawals and conveyances. 

 Specified federal land shall be taken into trust for the Lone Pine
Paiute-Shoshone Tribe. 

 Lands and interests in land, including improvements, outside the boundary of
Joshua Tree National Park in California may be acquired for the purpose of
operating a visitor center. 

The bill makes amendments to the California Desert Protection Act of 1994
regarding the California State School lands. 

The bill amends the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate specified segments
of rivers and creeks as components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers

The bill establishes the Renewable Energy Resource Conservation Fund for use in
regions impacted by the development of wind or solar energy.



  • Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining. Hearings held.

    Jul 26th, 2017
  • Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. (Sponsor introductory remarks on measure: CR S114-115)

    Jan 5th, 2017
  • Introduced in Senate

    Jan 5th, 2017