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Posted by· October 13, 2021 5:35 AMAdd your reaction ShareThe Aratina Solar Project is proposed for a portion of undisturbed Mojave Desert in Kern County near the town of Boron. The land is mostly undisturbed Joshua Tree woodland, and its destruction for this project has numerous serious consequences for the ecology of the area and also would remove carbon-sequestering soil. MBCA's letter outlines the consequences and asks the Kern County Board of Supervisors not to approve the project.Posted by· September 23, 2021 9:17 PMContinue reading → Add your reaction ShareSan Bernardino County now provides an online Short Term Rental Map for viewing permitted short-term rentals (STRs) in unincorporated areas of the County. While permitted and well-managed STRs provide income for local residents and businesses, the effects on quality of life due to the escalating number of such properties that are unpermitted and/or not well-managed have been increasing.Posted by· September 16, 2021 10:20 AMContinue reading → Add your reaction ShareThe proposed Oberon Solar Project, to be located on undisturbed BLM land near Desert Center, has drawn a great deal of concern by numerous groups in addition to MCBA. While in a Development Focus Area (DFA) proposed under California's Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, the proponents are asking for amendments that contradict the Plan’s underlying rationale. In short, as MBCA’s Pat Flanagan writes in the MBCA letter, “It is not the role of the DRECP to bend to accommodate a project proposal. It is the project proponent’s role to accommodate the DRECP.”
MBCA Joins Scientists to Request Greater Consideration of Desert Carbon Sequestration in Climate Change PlanningPosted by· August 08, 2021 9:37 AMAdd your reaction ShareFollowing a meeting with scientists from the California Air Resources Board, MBCA and twelve other organizations submitted a letter to the Board demonstrating the need for greater consideration of desert carbon sequestration in planning for climate change. The letter includes reference to scientific studies, a summary paper about “Carbon Dynamics for the California Desert,” and a two-page Science Brief about conserving carbon in California’s deserts.Posted by· July 29, 2021 11:16 AMAdd your reaction ShareMBCA's letter to Governor Newsom outlines the growing environmental damage and safety issues accruing from the proliferation of illegal marijuana grows in the Mojave Desert and other rural areas of the state. Our request is for the Governor to convene a special session of the legislature to upgrade the current misdemeanor status in order to address the escalating problem.Posted by· July 05, 2021 9:18 PMAdd your reaction ShareFrom the weekly newsletter The Revelator, published by the Center for Biological Diversity, here is a list of recent news stories focused on the negative effects of light pollution.
- Young Clownfish Likely to Die Faster When Exposed to Artificial Light, Study Finds
- Noise and Light Pollution Changes Which Species of Birds Visit Our Backyards
- Fireflies Need Dark Nights for Their Summer Light Shows – Here’s How You Can Help
- Turning Off Half of City Lights at Night Could Cut Bird Mortality By Up to 60 Percent
- Dark Sky Havens: Where Can I Find One?
- Orbital Debris Creates a New Problem: Light Pollution
Posted by· June 26, 2021 4:30 PMAdd your reaction ShareA recently-published research project by UC Irvine scientists reviewed 34 years of satellite data to analyze vegetation changes in the Sonoran Desert and nearby southern California mountains. They found a "widespread decline in perennial vegetation cover," that is, a significant reduction in even the hardiest desert plants. Researcher Stijn Hantson commented that "They're (desert plants) already so badly beaten by drought or heat that they're at the brink of existence." Read more in the Desert Sun article or view the research study, which includes a "Plain Language Summary."Posted by 3 reactions· June 17, 2021 1:59 PM ·3 reactions ShareThe deadline for comments in support of the revised Light Trespass Ordinance for San Bernardino County is Friday, June 18. Send them to: [email protected]
We have revised our recent News item on this subject with new video footage. The presentation video (one hour) now includes post-presentation interaction of our presenters with the Commissioners, and we now have the full video of the meeting including timestamps for public comment via video from the Joshua Tree Government Center and for an oppositional presentation by a Newberry Springs resident. All these links and information are here.Posted by 2 reactions· June 04, 2021 5:11 PM ·2 reactions ShareThe Net Metering bill AB 1139 that would reduce benefits for home solar failed to pass a June 2 California Assembly vote. MBCA joined many organizations in March to oppose the bill. Several renewable energy industry news groups have provided information and commentary on the bill and the vote, including PV Tech, Solar Power World, and PV Magazine. While it is "off the table" for now, the bill could be reintroduced in January 2022.Posted by· May 14, 2021 5:09 PMAdd your reaction ShareMBCA's long-time Board member and science educator Pat Flanagan is part of a team of conservation advocates who have created detailed Science Briefs about carbon sequestration and biodiversity in the California desert. They will be used to educate lawmakers and state agency officials working on climate change and land use issues. Other writing team members were representatives of the Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife, and Mojave Desert Land Trust.See All IssuesDo you like this page?
MBCA Submits Comments on Aratina Solar Project
San Bernardino County Provides a Short Term Rental Map
Plant Spotlight: Desert Lavender
MBCA Comments on Oberon Solar Project
Planning Commission Forwards Light Trespass Ordinance to Supervisors
MBCA Comments on San Bernardino County Housing Element
Eblast September 6, 2021
Plant Spotlight: Texas Ranger
Letter: MBCA Joins Scientists to Request Greater Consideration of Desert Carbon Sequestration in Climate Change Planning