County Unincorporated Areas
MBCA’s mission and scope includes the entire Morongo Basin, because the Basin can be viewed as a single organism. But an organism is affected by the health of all its parts. The Basin is also made up of individual parts - communities - that are bonded by local common interests, resources, geography, governance, and social connection.
We often work most effectively within our own community, even when we’re working on an issue that may affect the entire Basin. Therefore, MBCA strives to work both on issues, which can occur across the Basin; and through communities, which are the units through which we commonly work and administer our resources.
On this Website, in our Issues section we look at the environmental phenomena that can affect us without regard to community boundaries. In this section we take the opposite approach: We look within the boundaries of our communities Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, and the other unincorporated County areas to understand how they’re administered and help you, the resident, access the tools that will make your community the best possible instrument for sustainability, environmental health, and the preservation of rural character. And, in the course, influence the issues that affect us all, across the Basin and in the greater desert area.
Look in the left Menu for your community page. There you will find links to resources both on this Website and elsewhere that will help you understand how local systems work and how to become an effective advocate for your community and the environment of the Morongo Basin.
You’ll find more resources and tools on becoming an effective advocate in our Take Action section and our Land Use/Development section.
||What is “community”? The Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice, which was founded by long-time Riverside community activist Penny Newman and has helped empower an inspiring diversity of citizens in the Inland Empire and the desert, states that “communities are not simply groupings of buildings filled with consumers, customers, or clients whose behavior is studied, managed and manipulated by powerful outside forces. Communities are families, neighbors, and individuals who recognize the necessity of sharing power and sharing responsibility.”