MBCA Support Letter for Off Highway Vehicle Bill SB 249

In early June, MBCA sent to the state Assembly's Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife a comment letter in support of SB 249 - Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Act.  It was also signed by representatives of the Alliance for Responsible Recreation and Community Off-Highway Vehicle Watch.

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Latest Effort Against Cadiz Water Project

MBCA has signed on to a letter initiated by the National Parks Conservation Association in support of California Legislation (AB 1000 - Friedman - "Desert Groundwater Protection") that seeks to increase California's involvement in the Cadiz project by requiring "a state review process for potential groundwater extraction projects in the California desert."  Some alterations in the bill are expected during its consideration in order to prevent onerous state review requirements for local water district projects.  We will update you as this bill progresses. 

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Celebration of Life for MBCA Founder Susan Luckie Reilly

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To mark the passing on her 101st birthday of longtime Morongo Basin resident Susan Luckie Reilly, who was also one of MBCA's key founders, a Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 8 at 10:00 AM at the Bell Center of Copper Mountain College. Read details in this Press Release from Joshua Tree National Park.  Look to MBCA's History page to learn more about Susan's involvement and to read her own history of MBCA.  A local news story from KCDZ-FM provides more background on her impact on the Morongo Basin and Joshua Tree National Park.  We are saddened by the loss of Susan, a Morongo Basin treasure, but grateful for her years of leadership and support on behalf of the Basin and the Park.

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MBCA Comments on Lucerne/Ord Mountain Solar Proposal

In another extraordinarily detailed and comprehensive document, MBCA Director Pat Flanagan on June 30 sent MBCA's official comment letter on the proposed Ord Mountain Solar and Energy Storage Project in Lucerne Valley to San Bernardino County Land Use Services.  In addition, 

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Letter: Scoping Comments On Ord Mountain Solar

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Eblast June 14, 2017

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  • Ord Mountain Solar Project: comment by June 30
  • MDLT campaign for 29 Palms property “Indian Trail Head”: ends June 30
  • Healthy California Act, SB 562: Indivisible public forum, June 26
  • CA. Assembly supports state’s monuments: AJR-15, Federal public lands

 

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Letter: Support for Off Highway Vehicle Bill SB 249

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National Monument "Review" - How to Comment

 Protect our Desert National Monuments

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(Photo by James Sammons)
The US Department of the Interior issued a press release on May 5, 2017 describing its intention to "review" recently designated National Monuments including Sand to Snow and Mojave Trails. The Mojave Desert Land Trust has created a Desert Defender campaign, Protect our Desert National Monuments, to provide information and a forum for public expression. Names and messages will be collected at the Desert Defenders website during the open public comment period and sent to the Department of the Interior in demonstration of our support of these national treasures. If you haven’t already, it’s easy to do and important to register your support. 
 
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Eblast May 31, 2017

  • Altamira Gate Community Housing Project
  • Joshua Tree Airport solar project
  • Eagle Crest Gen-Tie Project
  • Off Highway Vehicle Recreation Act: Senate Bill 249
  • Protecting Integrity of National Monuments
 
 
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Landscape Tour Essay Contest Winners

Fredenburg_cactus_and_tree.jpgMBCA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Desert-Wise Landscape Tour Essay Contest.  The winners were selected in a very close vote.  All of the submissions caught both the detail and the spirit of the "Desert-Wise" focus of the Tour.  We thank the writers for submitting their thoughts and hope you will enjoy their creative essays.  We also thank Unique Nursery and Cactus Mart for their support of the Landscape Tour by sponsoring the Essay Contest Prizes. 

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