Desert Protection Act not only set aside a lot of desert lands for protection
in 1994, it required land management agencies to cooperate with one another
and share resources and information. This collaboration is referred to as
the California Desert Innovative Management Laboratory. To facilitate the
management of Federal and State lands within the California Deserts, a group
of agency managers were formed, the Desert Managers Group. The DMG has adopted
three guiding principles:
and use an integrated ecosystem approach to planning and management of natural
and cultural resources, and do it in such a way as to conserve and protect
a unified outreach program to provide the public with information on how
and where to experience the desert, and to encourage awareness, appreciation,
and conservation of all desert resources; in sum to provide better customer
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a model of organizational efficiency by striving to find new and more efficient
ways of doing things.
To meet this
challenge, eight partner agencies now work together in the Desert Managers
Group to deal with desert-wide issues in a collaborative forum. The eight
agencies are the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish
& Wildlife Service, US Geological Survey, branches of the Department of
Defense, California State Parks, California Department of Fish and Game, and
California Department of Transportation.
of the Bureau of Land Management is to sustain the health, diversity,
and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present
and future generations.
of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is to manage California's
diverse fish, wildlife, and plant resources, and the habitats upon which
they depend, for their ecological values and for their use and enjoyment
by the public.
of the California Department of Parks and Recreation is to provide for
the health, inspiration, and education of the people of California by
helping to preserve the state's extraordinary biological diversity,
protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating
opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.
with others, Caltrans provides the people of California with a safe,
efficient, and effective intermodal transportation system. It plans,
develops, maintains, and manages the interregional transportation systems,
in addition to assisting and guiding the delivery of local and regional
Force Flight Test Center tests and evaluates manned and unmanned aircraft
systems. It participates and reports on the testing of operational flight
simulator trainers, and participates in Air Force initial operational
tests and evaluation follow-on tests for manned aircraft systems. The
center tests manned experimental and research aerospace vehicles, tests
parachute systems and aerodynamic deceleration devices, and operates
the Air Force Test Pilot School. It also operates the Edwards Flight
Test Range and test facilities to support flight testing, and supports
tenant functions such as the Air Force Research Laboratory Propulsion
Directorate and NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center.
of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center is to practice combat essential
skills and both brigade and battalion sized exercises.
of the National Training Center is to provide realistic joint and combined
arms training focused on developing soldiers, leaders, and units of
America's Army for success on the 21st century battlefield.
Air Weapons Station operates and maintains base facilities and provides
base-support services, including airfield operations, for the NAWCWPNS
organization at China Lake.
Park Service was created by the U.S. Congress to administer the National
Park System. The Park System includes superlative scenic landscapes
and ecosystems such as Death Valley and Joshua Tree national parks,
historic sites such as the Manzanar National Historic Site, battlefields
such as Gettysburg, and a host of other unique areas, each one preserving
an important part of our nation's natural and cultural history. The
mission of the National Park Service is "to conserve the scenery
and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to
provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means
as will leave them unimpaired for future generations."
of the US Fish and Wildlife Service is to conserve, protect, and enhance
the nation's fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing
benefit of people.
Geological Survey provides the nation with reliable, impartial information
to describe and understand the earth. This information is used to: minimize
loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological,
energy, and mineral resources; enhance and protect the quality of life;
and contribute to wise economic and physical development.