Our Founder

Susan Luckie Reilly


Susan Luckie Reilly was born in 1916, the same year the National Park Service was founded.  In 1965, Reilly donned the green and grey of the NPS and worked as a seasonal, ranger-naturalist for what was then, Joshua Tree National Monument. 

Ms. Reilly is the daughter of Dr. James B. Luckie, a Pasadena physician who recommended the healthy, dry, desert climate to WWI veterans suffering from the effects of mustard gas.  The Luckie family spent time at the family home in Twentynine Palms when not in Pasadena.  It was during these family visits that Susan developed a life long love and passion for the desert environment.  A graduate of Stanford University, Ms. Reilly and others founded the Morongo Basin Conservation Association which successfully fought off an initiative by the utility company to run a massive power transmission corridor straight through the heart of the Morongo Basin.

Ms. Reilly received the Minerva Hoyt Award in 2004.  She also received, Woman of Distinction Award given by Congressman Paul Cook in 2013 and has been a driving force for preservation and protection of the Southern California desert.

(Thanks to Joshua Tree National Park News Release of June 8, 2016, for this information.)


  • Susan Luckie Reilly

    MBCA Founder Celebrates 100th birthday - June 22, 2016

    Susan's 100th birthday party was held on June 22nd at the Oasis Visitor Center of Joshua Tree National Park.  Most of MBCA's Directors were able to attend to honor Susan's legacy for the Park and the Morongo Basin.  Ruth Rieman read a birthday message to Susan from MBCA (see below) and Park Superintendent David Smith promised Susan continued, dedicated stewardship of the Park in the future.  David presented Susan with a "Susan Luckie Reilly doll," which is clothed in a Park uniform.

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  • Eblast: July 11, 2016

    • Soda Mountain Solar Project Meeting, August 23
    • Big Bear Xeriscape Tour, July 16
    • Susan Luckie Reilly 100th birthday

    Soda Mountain Solar Energy: SB Co. Supervisors decide on Aug. 23rd

    MBCA and our conservation partners are urging San Bernardino County Supervisors to deny approval for the Soda Mountain Solar Energy Project. It is important the Supervisors hear from constituents with strong objections to approving the Soda Mountain Solar Energy Project – prior to the Supervisors next regular meeting on August 23rd when a decision will be made.


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