On October 31, 1994, President Bill Clinton signed into law the California Desert Protection Act. The story of the bill’s long history is triumphantly traced by Frank Wheat in California Desert Miracle: The Fight for Desert Parks and Wilderness.
Wheat notes concerning the people whose work he highlights:
None of them sought or gained material benefit. All kept the fires of their dedication aflame for years, demonstrating how effective individual Americans can be if determined to carry on and never quit the fight. (xviii)
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