MDLT's Seed Bank Highlighted on National News

The desert receives overdue attention with the CNN network's video presentation about the impressive desert natives seed bank created by the Mojave Desert Land Trust. Read the article or watch the short video. Desert biodiversity is an essential element in climate change resilience and ecosystem balance.
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MBCA Supports Joshua Tree Community Center Improvement Grant

Joshua Tree's County Service Area 20 submitted a grant for improvements to the Community Center facilities that would "reduce the impacts of extreme heat, build community resilience, and strengthen the Joshua Tree community's vulnerability to heat." MBCA's letter supports the proposed improvements that include new outdoor cooling technology, drought-tolerant native landscaping, shade trees, community art, and more.
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Letter: Support Joshua Tree Community Center Improvement Grant

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MBCA Joins Statewide Advocacy for CEQA

MBCA is among 109 organizational allies requesting that the state legislative bodies and the Governor protect and preserve the California Environmental Quality Act. The letter is presented in response to special interests seeking to scapegoat the Act as an impediment to progress in California, particularly in housing development. Within the letter are many examples of data proving the successes and value of the Act to environmental justice, climate change, preservation of species and ecosystems.

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MBCA Addresses County Supervisors on Housing Issues

At the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors meeting on April 23, MBCA again addressed the gaps in progress on the County's housing needs. Our letter was submitted to point to problems and contradictions with the San Bernardino County (SBC) General Plan Annual Progress Report and the Housing Element Summary. Among issues of concern are differing language between official documents about County growth, lack of progress on the Development Code Update, and lack of progress on Program 4, the study intended to examine and analyze conditions surrounding the lack of affordable housing and STR growth.  
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Letter: Comments on San Bernardino County Plan Housing Issues

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MBCA Comments to BLM on Western Solar Plan

Once again, plans are being evaluated for expansion of industrial-scale solar. MBCA's  letter to the BLM with comments on amendments to the Western Solar Plan emphasizes our support of Alternative 5, limiting projects to areas described as "Previously Disturbed Lands and Transmission Proximity." Another of our concerns is the lack of clear definitions in terminology describing "disturbed lands" or "well-sited" areas. We also ask for a pause on certain projects undergoing the Variance Review process.
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Letter: Comments to BLM on Western Solar Plan

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Eblast: April 13, 2024

  • Register Soon for the 2024 Desert Wise Living Landscape Tour
  • Program 4 STR Impact Study update
  • Light Trespass Ordinance update
  • Support Distributed Rooftop Solar
  • Industrial Scale Renewable Energy Developments
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MBCA Requests State Assistance on Delayed County Program 4 STR Report

In an effort to move San Bernardino County forward with its unfulfilled commitment to complete a "Program 4 Study" of short-term rental (STR) effects on housing in unincorporated communities, MBCA has sent a letter to the Governor and the state's Housing and Community Development Department. The letter also contains a history of the County and MBCA actions on this topic over the past several years.
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