Understanding the battle for Our Public Lands by Alfred Runte
A history of the beginnings of the Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center that brings you up to date with the research concerns of today.
by James W. Cornett
There is one Southwest desert plant found on more street signs, businesses and schools than any other plant species — the ubiquitous ocotillo.
by Shaun Gonzales
A dazzling display of stars in the night sky is a resource visitors to the desert often expect and take for granted. Light pollution has invaded the night sky, much like urban sprawl engulfs our wildlands, although there are simple steps each of us can take to solve the problem of light pollution.
How Grand Canyon became “Noisy Park” and why we need national litigation to restore natural quiet to the Grand Canyon and other national parks.
by Howard Wilshire
Spurred by concern over dependence on foreign energy and looming global climate-change problems, development of renewable energy on public lands in western U.S. began in earnest in 2005.
Lizards are among the most engaging and accessible denizens of the California deserts. Well-suited to the landscape, they fill a range of ecological niches in the desert. California’s deserts play host both to the smallest lizard in North America and the two largest. Among the lizards in the deserts are strict carnivores, strict vegetarians, and omnivorous species that pick a little from Column A and a little from Column B. Some California desert lizard species thrive in a wide range of conditions with ranges stretching across hundreds of miles of landscape; others are restricted to very small ranges with specific soil or vegetative characteristics.
By James Andre and Chris Clarke
A list of ten California desert plant species we feel are deserving of protection under the Federal Endangered Species Act. The plants listed here are prominent candidates for listing,but they are by no means the only such plants, and perhaps noteven the most critically endangered plants in the California desert.