National Monuments Guest Commentary

pat_photo.jpgA guest commentary by MBCA Director Pat Flanagan on the importance of National Monuments to the County of San Bernardino and its desert communities was published on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.  We have made available a printable version of Pat's commentary or you can view the story on the Sun's website.

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Rieman Presentation - Grass Roots Activism

ruth_photo.jpgMBCA Director (and prior President and Treasurer) Ruth Rieman served as a panel member at the April 21, 2017 Black Rock Symposium (a series sponsored by the Joshua Tree National Park Association through its Desert Institute), on the topic "Grassroots Activism in the Morongo Basin." Ruth's presentation explored the stories of several historic women desert activists who inspired her and also provided an overview of the organizations and causes she has been involved with for decades here in the Morongo Basin, especially with MBCA and the California Desert Coalition.

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Progress for Morongo Basin Bike Trails

A grant is now in place with the County to begin planning bicycle trails across the Morongo Basin.  MBCA Board of Advisors member Greg Gilbert has worked toward this goal for a number of years.  As reported on KCDZ radio, "The bike trails project would stretch approximately 100 miles altogether, uniting the Morongo Basin communities."  Here is the full story.

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E-Blast May 2, 2017

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  • 2017 Desert-Wise Landscape Tour a huge success!
  • Sand-To-Snow and Mojave Trail National Monuments under review by Trump
  • Eagle Crest Pumping Project
  • County Renewable Energy Element Final Draft
 
 
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County RE Element Final Draft

This is a message from the County about the latest status of the Renewable Energy and Conservation Element of the County's General Plan.  

 

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Landscape Tour Review

During Earth Day weekend, nearly 400 people enjoyed the creative efforts of the owners of 21 water-wise landscape properties from Morongo Valley to Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms, Pioneertown, and Landers.  
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Morongo Basin Dark Sky Alliance Presentation

At the April 21 Black Rock Symposium focused on "Grass Roots Activism in the Morongo Basin," panelist and MBCA Director Laraine Turk described the work of the Morongo Basin Dark Sky Alliance that operated under the County's jurisdiction from 2010-2013. MBCA Director Claudia Sall was also an active participant on the Committee, which worked with the County and local residents to provide education and work toward an improved County lighting ordinance. A PDF file of the presentation is available.
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Cadiz Water Project Moves a Step Forward

An administrative move within BLM management at the federal level has reduced the obstacles still in place for the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project that seeks to move water from desert aquifers to urban areas of southern California.  This April 5 story by our local radio station includes a map of the Cadiz location, and this LA Times article provides more details.
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Rural Roads and OHV Limits

[Commentary and documents provided by Pat Flanagan]
 
The BLM believes they have the legal right to connect public land parcels together using county un-maintained dirt roads. I believe this is incorrect – our dirt roads, a legacy of the Small Tracts Act (STA), are considered by the County, based on case law and the STA, to constitute legal right-of-way (ROW) for those entitled to use them, i.e. the public and utility companies. 
 
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Altamira Project On Hold

While we cannot say that there has been an end to plans for the Alta Mira housing project in the Friendly Hills area of Joshua Tree, the JT 105 Alliance citizens' group has informed MBCA that the developers have recently offered the project land for sale.  Below is an update from the Alliance and also links to some of the documents involved in the ongoing legal efforts to stop or change the plan for the Alta Mira Housing Development in the Friendly Hills area of Joshua Tree.

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