Letter: Scoping Comments On Ord Mountain Solar

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Eblast June 14, 2017

  • 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

(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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LA Times Op-Ed on Cadiz by MBCA Speaker

Peter_Brooks.jpgWe encourage you to read today's Los Angeles Times op-ed about the Cadiz water project, "The ludicrous plan to pump Mojave Water to L.A.". The author, Peter Brooks, has been a featured speaker at two of MBCA's Desert-Wise Lectures. His focus in September 2015 was "The Future of Water:  Understanding the Worlds's Most Precious Resource," and in September 2016 he presented "The future of energy and the grid for Morongo Basin" for MBCA.  His LA Times opinion piece will give you an overview and update about why MBCA and many conservation groups and desert residents oppose the Cadiz project. 

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Denison Scholarship Winner Announced


Nicole Serrano, graduating senior and valedictorian at Yucca Valley High School, has been awarded the first Ruth Denison Environmental Conservation Scholarship by MBCA.  Nicole has been admitted to the University of California, Davis, to study animal science and environmental science.  She is pictured here with Sarah Kennington, President of MBCA.  Read more about Ruth Denison's inspirational life on our website's scholarship page.

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Concern about Tortoises in Joshua Tree National Park

tortoise.jpgThe Los Angeles Times published a comprehensive article on the status of tortoises in Joshua Tree National Park. The reduction in numbers over past decades, and especially the deaths of a number of female tortoises in the southern area of the Park in recent years is of concern. The scientists interviewed share data and hypotheses about the current and future status of the Park icon. 

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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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