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NPCA APPLAUDS CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS ON DESERT PROTECTION, CORRECTION ISSUED TO ORIGINAL RELEASE

 NPCA APPLAUDS CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS ON DESERT PROTECTION,
 CORRECTION ISSUED TO ORIGINAL RELEASE
 The National Parks and Conservation Association (NPCA) issued the following:
 A Jan. 13, 1992 news release issued by the National Parks and Conservation Association (NPCA) inadvertently stated that 7.8 million people visited the California Desert for outdoor recreation in 1991. The statement attributed to NPCA President Paul Pritchard should have stated that 2.8 million people visited the California Desert (Joshua Tree National Monument, Death Valley National Monument, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, and East Mojave National Scenic Area) for outdoor recreation in 1991.
 What is, perhaps, a better measure of visitors and visitor impact is the amount of time people spend at these parks: more than 23.3 million hours at the Joshua Tree and Death Valley National Monuments alone.
 The National Parks and Conservation Association apologizes for this mistake. And, regardless of this typographical error, Sen. Alan Cranston (D-Calif.) and other members of the California congressional delegation should be praised for their leadership in promoting legislation to safeguard the California Desert ecosystem.
 NPCA is America's only private, non-profit, citizen organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of the national park system. Founded in 1919, NPCA today has more than 285,000 members.
 CONTACT: Nick Clark of the National Parks and Conservation Association, 202-223-6722, ext. 1500.
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