Conservation

MBCA believes that conservation of the desert’s natural resources is a concern both on a personal day-to-day basis and also at the larger scale of community and government efforts.

To learn more, find Conservation topics in the pull-down menu tab above, browse recent Conservation articles below, or use the search feature.

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  • Cadiz, Inc. Project Commentary

    While MBCA and many other conservation advocates have spoken against the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project, KCET recently published a commentary from Cadiz, Inc. in response to project criticisms.  
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  • Cadiz Water Project Commentary

    Published on the KCET Redefine blog, Joshua Tree resident Sant Khalsa's commentary, "Opinion:  Water Project Would Hurt New National Monument" provides background and details on the current status of the ill-conceived Project.
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  • National Park Proposed Land Transfer

    The Department of the Interior recently announced the latest step in the process of adding about 20,000 acres to Joshua Tree National Park. The "Eagle Mountain Boundary Study began about two years ago and the current action moves another step toward final action. 

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  • Joshua Basin Water District Receives Award

    The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) presented its Huell Howser Best in Blue Award to the Joshua Basin Water District on December 1, 2016, for its innovative outreach program encouraging the public to plant water-saving native plants.

    Among its outreach efforts, JBWD created a water wise demonstration garden that is valuable for Morongo Basin residents to see mature plants arranged in a variety of desert garden arrangements.  JBWD has been a supporter of MBCA's Desert-Wise Living Series and we are pleased to see their outreach efforts honored.

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  • MBCA sends Comment Letter on Eagle Crest Transmission Line Environmental Assessment (EA)

    MBCA, as part of a coalition of 7 other organizations and scientists, has sent a detailed Environmental Assessment Comment Letter to the BLM State Director Jerome Perez opposing the Eagle Crest Pumped Storage project and requesting a full Environmental Impact Study (EIS) instead of the planned and less comprehensive Environmental Assessment (EA) on the Transmission Line. It provides a thorough and detailed record of all the stages of insufficient analysis that have been completed for this project.  

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  • Eblast: September 26, 2016

    • Eagle Crest Pumped Storage Transmission Line Alert

    Please read this important alert provided by MBCA Board member Seth Shteir.  MBCA loves our National Park and this issue is critical for the healthy future of the Park.

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  • Cadiz Valley Water Project

    Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project

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  • New National Monuments!

    WE'RE CELEBRATING THREE NATIONAL MONUMENTS IN THE CALIFORNIA DESERT!

    On February 11, 2016, President Obama designated three new national monuments, including Sand to Snow in our own backyard, plus National Trails and Castle Mountains.  A BIG THANK YOU to the many MBCA members and supporters who wrote letters and appeared at events to support this.

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    Photo courtesy Mojave Desert Land Trust.

    Read about the new Monuments in this LA Times article.

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  • San Bernardino County Dark Sky Committee

    In April 2016, San Bernardino County District 3 Supervisor James Ramos appointed the San Bernardino County Dark Sky Committee (SBCDSC) to interact with the County about its lighting regulations and code, in consideration of the need of dark skies to maintain both lifestyle and the tourism economy in the Desert and Mountain regions of the County.

    Three MBCA Board members are part of this Committee:  Pat Flanagan, Seth Shteir, and Laraine Turk.

    As of October 2016, the Committee has worked with Joshua Tree National Park and the International Dark Sky Association as the Park pursues a Dark Sky Park designation from IDA.  The Committee will also be involved in the Park's Night Sky Festival on October 28-30, 2016.

    Discussion with the Supervisor and County Code Enforcement is planned for November. 
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  • Three New National Monuments in California Desert

    President Obama  Protects 1.8 Million Acres 


    On February 11, 2016, President Obama designated three new national monuments:

    • Sand to Snow (in our own backyard)
    • National Trails
    • Castle Mountains
    A BIG THANK YOU to the many MBCA members and supporters who wrote letters and appeared at events to support this.
    Read about the new Monuments in this LA Times article and a Q&A document from the Department of the Interior .  It has detailed
    information about the process leading to this action and what it means for each new  Monument.
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