Welcome to the Morongo Basin Conservation Association.  MBCA advocates for a healthy desert environment that nurtures our rural character, cultural wealth and economic well-being.   If you share that vision, join us.

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May 2016

 Thank you to the 350 people who helped with and participated in the

Desert-Wise Landscape Tour!

Consider submitting a short essay about your experience and winning a gift certificate!  Read the details on our Tour Essay page.


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   The wildflower season in and around the Morongo Basin continues. Here are some sources for current wildflower reports:
   The Joshua Tree National Park Wildflower Viewing page includes locations and types of wildflowers being seen in the Park, including some identification photos.
   On the DesertUSA Wildflower page, you will find links to reports from all over the desert southwest.
   The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants also hosts a Wildflower Report page.
And don't forget to keep an eye out for invasive plants and destroy them when possible.  See our extensive information about identifying desert invasive plants and how to deal with them. 


MBCA's Calendar of Community Events

Here are some upcoming conservation-related desert events we think you might enjoy:  

Note 1: Some events do not yet have online links but links will be added when available. 
Note 2:  Events are FREE unless otherwise noted. 






MAY 26

NOON – 1:00 PM

Lecture about the inspiration of the environment in creating art by local artists Steve Rieman and Frederick Fulmer

Mojave Desert Land Trust

60124 29 Palms Hwy

Joshua Tree


JUNE 11-12



Chamber Music at the Museum Fundraiser for the Hi Desert Nature Museum

$20 or $30 (see link above)

Hi Desert Nature Museum

57116 29 Palms Highway

Yucca Valley




And for a cool summer getaway…




JUL 16

9:00 AM –


Sierra Club Big Bear Group

Xeriscape Garden Tour – 8 sites

Start at Eminger’s Mountain Nursery

41223 Big Bear Blvd.,

Big Bear Lake


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Click here to read a summary report of September's "Water In Dry Times" event and to access presenters' presentations.


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Contact Information

PO Box 24, Joshua Tree, CA 92252


(760) 366-9862


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commented 2015-05-13 19:55:44 -0700
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Landscape Tour!
commented 2014-09-10 20:11:48 -0700
The new website is looking good!
commented 2014-09-09 11:23:41 -0700
Hey that’s an idea – when the units don’t sell as homes the developers can repurpose the project as a prison! The good news that we heard at the MAC meeting last night is that the public comment period has been extended 30 days. More time for us to get the word out & let folks know how important it is to express opposition to County Planning. This project certainly warrants a CEQA report to avoid the great potential for unfortunate impacts to the landscape & community we love and work to protect!
commented 2014-09-09 10:56:05 -0700
Site looks great. Let’s beat back the Altamira Project, we don’t need something that looks like a Minimum Security Prison on paper.
commented 2014-09-05 10:42:00 -0700
Great to know you’re with us, Tom! Pat Flanagan gets many gold stars for the work she did researching Alta Mira. That should get a lot of folks in the Basin’s attention and hopefully plenty of response to County Planning demanding that housing project is rejected.
commented 2014-09-04 10:50:04 -0700
Thanks for all you do for our community!
followed this page 2014-04-16 07:03:08 -0700
Morongo Basin Conservation Association
Looking after the environmental and economic health of the Morongo Basin since 1969