Eblast: September 12, 2016

  • Altamira Gated Housing Appeal hearing - Sept. 13 
  • DRECP Record of Decision (ROD) Event – Sept. 14 

We are all welcome to attend an event this Wednesday to mark the Record of Decision (ROD) that initiates the long anticipated DRECP (Desert Renewable Conservation Plan). Apologies for the late notice – MBCA just learned of it. Find the Department of Interior’s invitation below with details. 

The DRECP isn’t all we hoped and worked so hard for. In particular, we are very concerned about the variance / “unallocated” lands in the Plan that lack protection. However on the positive side, significant lands are identified with high conservation values for protection from industrial development. Some wins, as well as remaining vulnerability that we will address with our conservation partners as time goes by.  

MBCA Advisor and MDLT’s Director of Conservation Frazier Haney, reminds us it is important to “keep relationships going with CEC, BLM, DOI. Governor Brown and Secretary Jewell should both be in attendance with their staff members.  I am certain the state BLM office will have a good showing. “ 

I hope to see some of you on Wednesday along with the local, regional and national decision makers! 

Alta Mira Housing project BOS appeal hearing: Tues., Sept. 13 Last reminder to be there to let the Supervisors hear why this inappropriate project should NOT go forward as planned!  Here’s background information on the MBCA website.  The item is No. 102 on the Supervisors’ Agenda.  When: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 In person:  Location: Board of Supervisors Hearing Chambers, 1st Floor County Govt. Center - 385 North Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino Via videoconference:  Location: Burke Government Center, Joshua Tree


INVITATION: DRECP ROD Announcement Event   


  Please join U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, the Bureau of Land Management, the California Energy Commission, local elected officials and community partners on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 in Palm Desert, California to celebrate an important Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan milestone.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 11:45 a.m.
– Check-In 12:00 p.m. –
Announcement Santa Rosa San Jacinto Mountains Natl. Monument Visitor Center 
51500 Highway 74,
Palm Desert, CA 92260  
Casual attire is appropriate.   

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