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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August 2016

The San Bernardino County Supervisors voted against certifying the CEQA (state) environmental report for the Soda Mountain Solar project at their meeting on August 23, by a 3-2 vote.  We are grateful to Supervisors Josie Gonzales, Robert Lovingood, and Janice Rutherford for their votes against the project. A number of  MBCA Directors and members joined almost 30 other project opponents who made public comments at the Supervisors' meeting in San Bernardino and via videoconference in Joshua Tree.  We are elated that our 6 years or so of writing letters against this project seemed to have an effect!
Here are some news articles about the vote:
KCZD 107.7 radio, August 24, 2016
San Bernardino Sun, August 24, 2016
Riverside Press-Enterprise, August 24, 2016
National Parks Traveler, August 24, 2016
Statement from Senator Dianne Feinstein on August 24, 2016:

Washington—Following the San Bernardino County Supervisors’ decision to deny certification of an Environmental Impact Report for the Soda Mountain Solar Power Plant, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement:

 “I am thankful that the San Bernardino County Supervisors voted to deny a key permit for the Soda Mountain Solar Power Plant—an industrial solar project located right next to the entrance to Mojave National Preserve.

 “This plant would cover 1,900 acres and be about five miles long. There is no question it would have a negative impact on the preserve.”



PLAN TO ATTEND our Desert-Wise Living Series Fall Lecture on Saturday, September 24.  Visit the Fall Lecture page to learn more about the program, called "Moving Toward Community-Based Renewable Energy."


Read an update about the DRECP in the Desert Sun.

Visit our Susan Luckie Reilly page to see photos
taken during her 100th birthday party and the text of
MBCA's birthday message to Susan.


New on our website:  List of local recycling centers.


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. 






5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Provide public comments about the Management Plan
Yucca Valley Community Center
57116 29 Palms Highway
Yucca Valley
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Altamira Housing Project Appeal
Community Planning Meeting
Joshua Tree Community Center
6171 Sunburst Street
Joshua Tree
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Black Rock Lecture
Michael Orr on "Desert Bees and Climate Change"
Black Rock Ranger Station
9800 Black Rock Canyon Road Yucca Valley
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Old Schoolhouse Lecture
Clifford Trafzer on "A Chemehuevi Song"
Admission is $5.00.
Old Schoolhouse
6760 National Park Dr.
Twentynine Palms
SEP 10
10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Andromeda Society
Starry Nights Festival
Speakers, vendors, raffles,
night-time star gazing
Yucca Mesa Community Center
3133 Balsa Ave.
Yucca Valley, CA
SEP 12
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Homestead Valley
Community Plan Workshop
“What We Value”
Read the Community Plan
Johnson Valley Improvement Association Community Center
50567 Quailbush Rd.
Johnson Valley
SEP 13
10:00 AM
Altamira Housing Project SB County Supervisors Appeal Hearing
Time TBA; Attend in San Bernardino or via videoconference in Joshua Tree (tentative)
Covington Chambers
County Government Center
385 North Arrowhead Avenue
First Floor, San Bernardino
Morongo Basin County Government Center
6427 White Feather Road
Joshua Tree, CA
SEP 15
NOON – 1:00 PM
Hi Desert Nature Museum
57116 29 Palms Highway
Yucca Valley
SEP 24
1:00 PM
“Water and Energy Nexus”
Speakers include Peter Brooks, Director of Business Development for NLine Energy, Inc.,  Darrell Reynolds, Director of Engineering for the Mojave Water Agency, and Dr. Alfredo Martinez-Morales of UCR
Yucca Valley Community Center
57116 29 Palms Highway
Yucca Valley


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Contact Information

PO Box 24, Joshua Tree, CA 92252


(760) 366-9862


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commented 2016-06-13 16:19:03 -0700
Thanks Sarah for keeping us up to date on all the important issues in the MB with your emails to the MBCA network………..
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
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