This is the Public Domain is an effort to create a permanent international commons. The land will be free to everyone, and will be held in perpetuity. In 2003, a 2.64 acre parcel of land was purchased to serve as the site for the proposed public domain. Located in Tehachapi, California, sharing of this commons will be initiated when a juridical solution for public handover is found.
The project to date has involved the purchase of land and research into legal strategies by which to hand over all rights associated with ownership to the global public. Mineral rights will also be acquired before the land is handed over.
SETTING UP A LEGAL ENTITY: STRATEGIES
The land is located in Antelope Valley in the High Desert region of eastern Kern County, roughly 125 miles northeast of Los Angeles, and just west of the town of Mojave. The site is within walking distance from town, north of Oak Creek Road and south of the intersection of Highway 14 and 58. The Pacific Crest Trail passes nearby.
The site is 'landlocked' meaning there are no public roads by which to access it. The land is located within a wind farm, and is fenced off to the north, west, and south, where ungraded dirts are owned by the wind farm. The other way to access the land is to hike west a few miles from Higway 14, across an area known as "The Homesteads." This would require crossing the properties of a number of smallhold landowners, and access is questionable. No easements have been negotiated as of this date.
WEATHER AND HEALTH
The land is located within a wind farm. Be prepared for 15-40+ mph winds at all times, particularly during the spring wind season. In summer, temperatures average 90 degrees Fahrenheit, so carry water. The land is covered with low scrub. Wear boots and long pants, keep an eye out for snakes and spiders, and always shake out your clothes and shoes before putting them on.