• Desert Cahuilla Prehistoric Area, California
  • Desert Cahuilla Prehistoric Area, California Threats:
  • Desert Cahuilla Prehistoric Area, California Threats: Off-Road Vehicles
  • Ivanpah Valley, California/Nevada
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  • Ivanpah Valley, California/Nevada Threats: Energy Development
  • Ivanpah Valley, California/Nevada Threats: Energy Development, Urbanization
  • Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona
  • Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona Threats:
  • Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona Threats: Illegal Foot and Vehicular Traffic
  • Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona Threats: Illegal Foot and Vehicular Traffic, Law Enforcement Activities
  • Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona Threats: Illegal Foot and Vehicular Traffic, Law Enforcement Activities, Border Wall Construction
  • Algodones Dunes, California
  • Algodones Dunes, California Threats:
  • Algodones Dunes, California Threats: Rampant Off-Road Vehicle Abuse
  • Joshua Tree National Park, California
  • Joshua Tree National Park, California Threats:
  • Joshua Tree National Park, California Threats: Air Pollution
  • Joshua Tree National Park, California Threats: Air Pollution, Energy and Industrial Development
  • Joshua Tree National Park, California Threats: Air Pollution, Energy and Industrial Development, Climate Change
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Silurian Valley: A Cause for Celebration


Photo Courtesy of Basin and Range Watch

In these days of constant battles, on many fronts, to preserve our deserts from industrialization and other threats, it’s easy to feel as if we, as individuals and small organizations, can’t make a difference – that we have no chance against huge, powerful corporations and government policies. It’s easy to feel defeated before we even begin. But we can and do make a difference when we speak out and take a stand. The recent BLM (Bureau on Land Management) decision to spare Silurian Valley for future generations, is an example of such a victory…

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Urgent: Your Comments Needed on DRECP!


How can we in good conscience allow carving up of more of the California desert when there are still hundreds of thousands of rooftops that could be producing solar energy and helping us meet our renewable energy goals? ~Terry Weiner

A second DRECP meeting in the desert has been scheduled in Joshua Tree on Wednesday, November 19th, in the Joshua Tree community Center. We hope you can attend and speak up for the desert. If you don’t personally feel well-enough informed to comment on the DRECP, you can still be a great help to others who will be submitting, by emailing a request to extend the comment period by 90-120 days.

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The Deserts Need Your Voice at Upcoming DRECP Meetings!


Your participation is needed at the upcoming DRECP meetings regarding their plans to industrialize the California Desert.
by Terry Weiner

The Draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is now available for review and comment.

This plan has been prepared by US Fish and Wildlife, the BLM, the California Energy Commission, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, along with numerous contracted consultants, and covers about 2 million acres of our California Desert. It will impact endangered wildlife, critical habitat, air and water quality, cultural resources, private and public lands, agricultural land, and preserved open space.

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The Desert Renewable Energy Plan Hits the Streets

On September 26th, the BLM and the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced in the Federal Register the availability of the long-awaited Draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) Draft EIR/EIS.

How can we in good conscience allow carving up of more of the California desert when there are still hundreds of thousands of rooftops that could be producing solar energy and helping us meet our renewable energy goals?

Read why the DPC disagrees with the premise of the DRECP, which is to continue expanding renewable energy development in our beleaguered California desert.

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