Review of DRECP - Comments Needed

After years of consultation and public input (including hundreds of letters and in-person comments from Morongo Basin residents), the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan carved out 388,000 acres of public land in the Mojave Desert for renewable-energy development and set aside 5 million acres, or 7,812 square miles, for conservation.
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County Report on Section 6/DVCA

At the Monday, January 8 meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council, County District Services Coordinator Frank Haggard presented a slide show demonstrating the County's plans for the Desert View Conservation Area, known by many residents as Section 6.  This day-use-only area has been overwhelmed with National Park visitors illegally using it as an overflow campground, causing disruption to nearby residents and damage to the property.  The plans include hiking trails, a shade shelter, signage, and parking.  Additional information can be found in this KCDZ news story and in these notes made by a local resident. Residents with questions, comments, or an interest in volunteering to help with this project should call 760.366.8415.

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Eblast January 8, 2018

  • MBCA Annual Business Meeting & Program – February 10, 2018
  • MBCA’s Palen Solar Project Comment letter
 
 
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MBCA Sends Comment on Palen Solar

MBCA sent a comprehensive comment letter to the Bureau of Land Management regarding the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Palen Solar Power Project.  We support the No Action Alternative "as the only alternative which will do no harm to the biological and cultural integrity of the landscape."  The detailed examination written by our scientist Board member Pat Flanagan describes conflicts involving hydrology, biological resources, cultural resources, visual resources, and air quality.  In the document you will find photos and maps that illustrate our position. 
 
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Letter: Palen Solar Power Project Environmental Impact

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Comment Deadline on Palen Solar is Dec 11

The latest deadline for comments on the Palen Solar Project in Riverside County is December 11.  Here is the BLM webpage explaining the project alternatives.  This BLM press release gives details on how to comment.  We are also providing two already-submitted comment letters to inform you of important issues you should consider in your own comment.  Basin and Range Watch has provided a comprehensive overview of concerns and their letter includes maps and illustrations.  The second comment letter by Alfredo Acosta Figueroa and Patricia Robles is on behalf of La Cuna de Aztlán Sacred Sites Protection Circle, and includes a great deal of information about why this land is sacred to tribal members.  The attachments to the letter by La Cuna de Azlan Sacred Sites Protection Circle provide an extensive exploration and explanation of tribal sacred sites in desert areas that would be affected by the proposed Palen solar plant:  Sacred Sites Attachments Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

 

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Monuments Statement by CDC President

A recent Letter to the Editor by MBCA supporter and California Desert Coalition President April Sall in the Hi Desert Star(no longer available) offers a comprehensive review of the issues surrounding use of the Antiquities Act for designating National Monuments and why Obama's designations should not be altered or overturned. As a Pioneertown native and desert activist, Sall has been a passionate champion for National Monuments in the Mojave Desert for many years.
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Eblast December 2, 2017

  • Community Plans Comment period deadline: Dec.15, 2017
  • National Park fee increase Comment period extended: Dec. 22, 2017
  • Palen Solar Project Comment period deadline: Dec. 11, 2017
 
 
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Deadline Extended for Park Fee Increase Comments

The Department of the Interior has extended the deadline for comments on National Park entrance fee increases to Friday, December 22, 2017.  You can go directly to the comment page or review the issues provided by the information and links in MBCA's prior News Update on this topic.
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