"Our" Sand to Snow National Monument will remain as it was created, according to news from the Interior Department, following its listing for "review" by that Department earlier this year. The state of our other nearby Monument, Mojave Trails, is not yet known, but recommendations for reduction in size based on extractive industry interests is anticipated. This Desert Sun article about the Sand-to-Snow announcementprovides a great deal more information, including a history of the Monument effort and quotations from several Morongo Basin residents. Here is the Los Angeles Times article on the subject.
The Board of Directors has scheduled a working retreat in July and will not hold regular Board meetings in July or August. The next regular Board meeting will be Thursday, September 14, at 5 p.m. at the Yucca Valley Community Center. A reminder will be posted in early September.
Reptiles of the Mojave Desert and Rattlesnake SafetyJerry Dion Morrill and Robert Twombley, founders of the herpetological conservation organization Cali Boys Reptile Rescue and Relocation, will lecture on the natural history of Mojave Desert herpetofauna as well as rattlesnake safety. Morrill and Twombley will also bring live rattlesnake specimens.Museum members are free; $5 requested for others. Beverages are provided. More details are available on the Hi Desert Nature Museum's Events page.
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