Management and Recreation
The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument is managed by a mosaic of entities; Bureau of Land Management (89,500 acres), US Forest Service (65,000 acres), Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians (19,800 acres), California Department of Parks and Recreation (12,900 acres), 36,400 acres (147 km2) of other State of California agencies, and 38,500 acres (156 km2) of private lands. Most of the common recreational uses of hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and camping are allowed, with the exception of special areas such as ecological reserves and essential bighorn sheep habitat. The Pacific Crest Trail traverses the western part of the national monument, and is one of the nation’s first National Scenic Trails established by the National Trails System Act (Public Law 90-543). This segment of the trail is managed by the U.S. Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
The National Monument legislation (introduced on February 16, 2000, by Congresswoman Mary Bono), authorized the establishment of a management plan that included cooperative agreements with existing organizations, such as the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and the University of California, as well as maintaining most of the historical land uses, except mining and geothermal activities.
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