- Desert-Wise Living Landscape Tour: April 27 & 28, 2019
- National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) workshop: Yucca Valley, May 18, 2019
- West Mojave Route Network Project (WEMO) Land Use Amendment to be published
- Paradise Valley Development Threatens Joshua Tree National Park
MBCA joined Tubb Canyon Desert Conservancy and other groups in urging the United States Department of Agriculture to consider Sahara mustard as a new "weed of interest" in its next five-year plan. The Tubb Canyon group has been involved in a scientific search for a biocontrol agent for Sahara Mustard which drew some USDA interest. MBCA's letter notes the ongoing damage to our "diverse and vital desert ecosystem" due to the proliferation of Sahara mustard.
- Desert Wise Living Landscape Tour: April 27 & 28, 2019
- San Bernardino County RECE Policy 4.10: Update
- Paradise Valley Development: Threatens Joshua Tree National Park
- San Bernardino Countywide Plan: Update
Justifying the long-term resolve and perseverance of desert residents communicating with their elected representatives, San Bernardino's Supervisors voted 4-1 to adopt the Renewable Energy Conservation Element policy 4.10 on February 28. The policy prohibits utility-scale renewable energy developments in the County's desert areas with Community Plans in place and in Rural Living zones. Quoted in the Los Angeles Times article about the RECE 4.10 vote, Supervisor Robert Lovingood said residents "spoke clearly about what they want to see."Read more
- San Bernardino County RECE Policy 4.10: Supervisors to vote on 2.28.19
- MBCA 50th and Energy Summit information now on-line
- Applications now being accepted for the 2019-2020 Ruth Denison scholarship
- Supervisors Schedule Special Meeting on RECE 4.10
Among the numerous proposed solar projects in the Lucerne Valley and Newberry Springs area northwest of the Morongo Basin is the Calcite Solar Project. On February 22 MBCA sent scoping comments to San Bernardino County Land Use Services expressing concerns about likely negative impacts of this project. The comment letter emphasizes the cumulative effects of this project with three other nearby proposed projects: Ord Mountain Solar, Calcite Transmission unit, and the Siena Solar Project. Areas of concern include air quality and soils, aesthetics, and biological resources. The letter contains excellent data-rich maps once again provided by Brian Hammer and a paper by Robin Kobaly explaining the importance of underground biological entities that are critical to the survival of desert plants.
The Mojave Watch news site reports that the Riverside County Planning Commission has postponed discussion of Paradise Valley, a brand-new community proposed for development on the southern edge of Joshua Tree National Park. The development will next appear on their agenda May 15, 2019. Read the January 30 Mojave Watch news post(no longer exists) for more details on the danger to Park ecology posed by such a development, along with information from National Parks Conservation Association representative Chris Clarke. Additional background can be found in this earlier post about the project at Mojave Watch (no longer exists).
In an interview on local radio station KCDZ FM on Friday, January 18, Third District Supervisor Dawn Rowe announced that the County Supervisors will hold a special meeting to vote on the RECE 4.10 with full Board attendance on Thursday, February 28, 2019. She also stated she will vote for the version recommended by the Planning Commission, which is the version MBCA supports. For the most recent recap of the issue, please read our January 15 EBlastRead more
- Renewable Energy and Conservation Element Policy 4.10
- Paradise Valley Project
- MBCA Annual Meeting and Energy Summit