Welcome to the Morongo Basin Conservation Association. MBCA advocates for the healthy desert environment that nurtures the region's rural character, cultural wealth and economic well-being. In 2019 we celebrate our 50th Anniversary! If you share that vision, join us.
A full video recording of MBCA's 2020 Annual Meeting focused on Sustainable Tourism is now available on YouTube. Below you will find a time stamp list for the major sections of the meeting. (Video by Bob Stephenson, Pro Video, Yucca Valley)
0:01:15 Blessing by Sean Milanovich, Vice President, Native American Land Conservancy (Cahuilla [Agua Caliente Band])
0:08:10 Opening remarks by MBCA President Steve Bardwell
0:27:25 Sustainable Tourism remarks by Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith
0:45:35 Sustainable Tourism remarks by Associate Director California Deserts for the National Parks Conservation Association Chris Clarke
0:57:35 Audience questions moderated by MBCA Secretary Laraine Turk
1:01:00 Presentation on efforts to designate Highway 247/Old Woman Springs Road as a State Scenic Highway by Sarah Kennington, MBCA Board member
1:52:10 Launch of MBCA's commemorative 50th anniversary book, Celebrating the Past: Envisioning the Future and acknowledgements
As visitation to Joshua Tree National Park continues to increase, there is a need for discussion on how to balance tourism with the Park's mandate to conserve and preserve the land and ecology of the park. The panelists of this program will be a representative of Visit California, a nonprofit organization with a mission to develop and maintain marketing programs that inspire travel to California, a representative of the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitor Bureau, and David Smith, Superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park. This symposium is underwritten by California Grassroots Fund of the Rose Foundation and supported by a partnership with Copper Mountain College. The lecture is free but you are asked to register.
A look at bars of the Pacific flyway in the context of the current environmental crisis. Speaker Jennifer Ackerman is a nature writer and the author of "The Genius of Birds." Here is a full description and a link to register. Registration is requested but the lecture is free.
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