Letter: Group Appeal to BLM to Stop Cadiz Water Project

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Mojave Desert Land Trust Seed Bank Highlighted

The Associated Press produced a comprehensive story with many photos about the unique desert native seed bank at the Mojave Desert Land Trust in Joshua Tree. There is a growing need for such extraordinary measures considering the devastation of desert lands in the two major fires in recent years in the Mojave National Preserve, followed by flood damage this summer. 
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Dust Issues in Mojave AQMD Rule 401

MBCA's comment letter to the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District summarizes the serious particulate matter issues (excessive dust) that result from large scale solar developments and requests that such situations be directly addressed in the agency's proposed Rule 401. "Currently neither the MDAQMD, or the County of San Bernardino Land Use Services require or, act upon knowledge of the soils and the hazard of blowing dust."
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Letter: Comments on Dust Issues in Mojave AQMD Rule 401

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Recommendation for Carbon Sequestration in the California Desert

With extensive research support, the Inland Deserts Working Group (IDWG) that is connected with the California Natural Resources 30x30 planning process has produced Nature Based Solutions - Desert Sector, a report to the state recommending "conserving 100% of undisturbed non-military public lands annually based on current levels, starting in 2024." Two MBCA Board members on the IDWG believe that this document is a definitive report proving the high value of the undisturbed desert in achieving California's climate change goals. 
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Letter: MBCA Joins Protest Against Increased Utility Tax

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MBCA Joins Protest Against Increased Utility Tax

In a letter to the California Legislature and Governor, MBCA joined 127 organizations and community leaders requesting they repeal Public Utilities Code Section 739.9 that requires public utilities to add a fixed charge to electricity bills based on customer income. “That would be three to twelve times the national average for such a fixed charge.” While the premise of income-based charges sounds positive, the letter includes a link to a study that demonstrates how such action will have negative financial consequences over time for many in the population it allegedly would aid. In addition, this provision of the Budget Bill was enacted without any public hearings or discussion. The short letter provides background information and links to helpful documents explaining the position of the signers.

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Eblast August 13, 2023

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  • Short-Term Rentals Community Meetings
  • Mojave Air Quality Management District Community Meeting
  • Western Joshua Tree Conservation Act Information Event
  • County Land Use Services Open House
  • Pioneertown and Land Use in The Morongo Basin Item 1
 
 
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MBCA Director David Fick Receives Minerva Hoyt Desert Conservation Award

The Joshua Tree National Park Association announced Idavid Graficks as recipient of the 2022 Minerva Hoyt Desert Conservation Award, honoring both owner David Fick and the late Ida Foreman Fick, partners in life, business, and an unending commitment to environmental preservation. David has been an MBCA Director for more than two decades. He joins previous recipients affiliated with MBCA including the original award recipient and MBCA's founder Susan Lucky Reilly (2004), Ruth and Steve Rieman (2012), and Pat Flanagan (2017). The Association's Press Release details David's long-time dedicated advocacy that we within MBCA know so well. An award ceremony is expected to be held in late September. 
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Letter: MBCA Supports Sensible Power Plant Emissions Controls

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