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Mojave Desert #553875

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 26, 1987
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(Studio: Connie Chung) Report introduced.

(Los Angeles, California: Don Oliver) Scenes shown of desert tortoise and Mojave desert. Mojave desert noted being considered for national park status. [WOMAN - says if the desert is to be protected it should be made into a national park.] [WOMAN - disagrees.] Desert's weather discussed. Scenes shown of desert's beauty. [Citizens for a Mojave National Park spokesperson Peter BURK - says only National Park services could provide adequate protection.] Scenes shown of annual motorcycle race and conservationists' criticism noted. [Bureau of Land Management spokesperson Ed HASTEY - defends bureau's actions.] Four-wheel drive motorists shown enjoying desert. [California Desert Coalition spokesperson Richard MacPHERSON - says motorists enjoy getting away from masses.] Damage caused by off-road vehicles mentioned. Cattle grazing and mining reported to be prohibited if desert should become park. [Goffs, California, rancher Howard BLAIR - says park would put him out of business] [WAITRESS - says tourists don't come to desert.] Decision noted now to be made by Congress

Chung, Connie;
Oliver, Don

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