Dear MBCA Members and Supporters,
Happy New Year!
A very good way to break into 2019 is to renew our commitment to the stewardship of the desert environment and our rural communities. Please join us on Saturday, January 26, 2019 for the MBCA Annual Meeting and Energy Summit. This will be a stellar program with keynote addresses from two nationally-recognized experts in renewable energy and public policy, followed by a panel discussion with local environmental leaders: “Vision for the next 50 years.” If you haven’t already, mark your calendars!
The Energy Summit will launch a year of activism and events as MBCA celebrates its 50th! MBCA is the Basin’s oldest conservation-based organization and is still going strong! We will reflect on MBCA’s storied past and landmark victories and will look forward to the next 50 years.
WHERE: Yucca Valley Community Center
57090 Twentynine Palms Highway Yucca Valley, CA 92284
WHEN: 10AM – 2PM
Detailed information on MBCA’s 50th Anniversary Energy Summit, including speaker bios, can be found at the Event page on our website.
In April the organization’s half-century of grass roots activism and accomplishments will be commemorated with publication of a book chronicling MBCA’s history. Publication will coincide with MBCA’s annual Desert-Wise Landscape Tour set for Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28. Plans call for a free, digital edition to be available at MBConservation.org.
2018 wasn’t the easiest of years in our work, however I was sustained by MBCA’s vision and your continued response to our calls to action. There was no lack of issues that confronted us. You know what they are if you’ve been tracking MBCA’s E-Blasts, E-News, and mbconservation.org. I saw many of you throughout the year at the Board of Supervisors Chambers in San Bernardino and Joshua Tree’s Burke Government Center’s video-conference center. It’s always rewarding to see your faces and hear your articulate and passionate comments voiced to the Supervisors and Planning Commissioners. Our strong, clear message shows that we are engaged and care deeply about protecting the desert environment. While we are not always successful, it’s not because we haven’t taken the time to frame a position and speak up to decision makers!
Remember this is time to renew your MBCA membership for 2019. It’s easy to do online on our Membership page. If you don’t get to it earlier, you can join at the January 26th Annual Meeting. I wish to give a special thanks to those who made donations to MBCA in 2018 beyond your memberships. Your generosity is remarkable and we will use the funds well in service of our mission! Membership and donations to our 501(c)3 organization are fully tax-deductible.
In closing, I can’t say enough in praise of the MBCA Directors. We have a committed, talented and energized Board. Individually and collectively, they are an inspiration and pleasure to work with. Please join me in thanking them.
Sarah Kennington, Outgoing President
Morongo Basin Conservation Association
Your 2018 MBCA Board
David Fick, Vice President Steve Bardwell, Treasurer
Marina West, Recording Secretary Pat Flanagan, Director
Meg Foley, Director Mike Lipsitz, Director
Ruth Rieman, Director Claudia Sall, Director
Seth Shteir, Director Laraine Turk, Director
MBCA advocates for a healthy desert environment
that nurtures the region’s rural character, cultural wealth
and economic well-being.