The legislation to establish the national monuments has been introduced several times by Senator Dianne Feinstein, beginning in 2009. The legislation stalled in a divided Congress, and as a result, supporters of the national monuments, led by Sen. Feinstein, last year asked President Obama to declare the national monuments using the Antiquities Act of 1906.
ANTIQUITIES ACT REQUEST AND PUBLIC MEETING
After Senator Feinstein's request to President Obama to declare Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow, and Castle Mountains national monuments by an Antiquities Act proclamation, the Senator welcomed officials from the Department of the Interior and Department of Agriculture to a public hearing hosted by The Wildlands Conservancy at its Whitewater Preserve. Attended by nearly one thousand people representing both sides of the issue, the voices speaking out in support of the monuments were far stronger than those speaking out against.