The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Desert Advisory Council unanimously approved a resolution asking the state for more law enforcement at the Imperial Sand Dunes.
The resolution states law enforcement at the dunes has become inadequate considering the number of visitors.
The request follows the Thanksgiving holiday weekend where fewer than 40 law enforcement officers and federal agents patrolled 190,000 visitors at the dunes. Problems of lawlessness arose, including a gunfight, an attack on an officer and stabbing incidents.
More than 300 mostly recreational desert enthusiasts attended the council's 11-hour meeting Saturday at Southwest High School in El Centro, said Roy Denner, president of the Off Road Business Association and vice chairman of the council.
Others in the audience included environmentalists, rockhounds, miners, equestrians and hunters.
The 15-member council advises the BLM on Southern California desert public land policies. Two council members were absent from Saturday's meeting.