MBCA Joins Broad Coalition Opposing Eagle Crest Pumped Storage Project

MBCA is one of 27 diverse non-profit groups opposing any further consideration of the Eagle Crest Pumped Storage Project in this June 23rd letter to Governor Newsom and the co-chairs of the recently created Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery
 
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Letter: Group, Oppose Next Era's Eagle Crest Project Bailout

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MBCA Supports Listing the Joshua Tree as Threatened

Read MBCA's letter to the California Fish & Game Commission supporting the listing of Yucca brevifolia, the western Joshua tree, as a threatened species. For background see our recent News Update on the topic and the second item in the June 8 EBlast.
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Letter: Support Candidacy of Joshua Tree as Threatened

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EBlast June 8, 2020

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  • Desert Wise Living Landscape Tour 2020 goes virtual !
  • Petition to list Yucca brevifolia as a threatened species.
  • A week of Invasive Species Lunchtime Webinars.
  • Opposition to Yellow Pine Solar Project
  • Action on Eagle Crest Pumping Opposition.
  • Funding Mojave Trails Acquisition
  • Environmental Justice in Lucerne Valley.
  • Opposition to Habitat Conservation Fund Budget Trailer Bill.
  • Support for AB3030 For Land and Water Conservation.
  • Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease found in the Morongo Basin.
  • Ruth Denison 2020 Environmental scholarship recipient.
 
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Comments on Joshua Trees as a California Threatened Species Due June 11

On April 16 MBCA published a News Update about the requested listing of the Western Joshua tree as a threatened species in California. The petition was presented in October 2019 by the Center for Biological Diversity. In April 2020 the state's Department of Fish and Wildlife agreed that the information provided warranted the listing and referred their opinion to the California Fish and Game Commission. The Commissioners are scheduled to vote on the recommendation on June 25. If they agree, a yearlong review would begin and the trees would be protected during the review. We ask readers to review this very comprehensive Background and Talking Points document and submit comments in favor of the threatened species listing by the deadline of June 11. Send comments via email to [email protected] 
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MBCA's Action on Eagle Crest Pumping Opposition

In January 2020, MBCA sent a letter opposing state legislative action that would have enhanced the prospects for the Eagle Crest Pumped Storage Project on the border of Joshua Tree National Park. Chief among our concerns is the inevitable overdraft of underground aquifers in the area and for the Park, with dire consequences for the flora and fauna. 
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MBCA Joins Opposition to Yellow-Pine Solar Project

The proposed Yellow-Pine Solar Project is another large-scale project inappropriately sited on BLM land in the Mojave Desert, and being fast-tracked without consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic and with many other flawed rationales. MBCA has joined six other concerned organizations to send a fact-filled document refuting the validity of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Among the statements in the letter supported with references and illustrations are these:
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MBCA Urges Funding for Mojave Trails Acquisition

MBCA has forwarded a letter of support to U.S. Interior Secretary Bernhardt and California Bureau of Land Management Director Karen Mouritsen for the BLM to acquire Land and Water Conservation Fund resources for purchasing lands within the Mojave Trails National Monument. MBCA also signed on to two group letters (May 8 and May 21) on the same topic. The LCWF provides grants for federal-state partnerships for conservation and public recreation projects. The 6,213 acres of interest in the Mojave Trails National Monument contain cultural sites and are part of important habitat linkages.
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MBCA Opposes Habitat Conservation Fund Budget Trailer Bill

Along with over 40 environmental conservation organizations, MBCA has signed onto two letters(May 8 and May 21) in opposition to the proposed budget trailer bill that would reinstate the July 2020 sunset date for the Habitat Conservation Fund (HCF). (The link includes the two separate letters to officers and committee members of the State Assembly and the Senate.) This sunset would end critical funding for local park districts, state agencies, and crucial habitat conservation programs at the Wildlife Conservation Board. The proposal is a retreat from the administration’s and legislature’s commitment to stable, ongoing support for conservation, biodiversity and public access to parks.

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