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The Desert Protective Council Turns 60 - a Bird’s Eye View: by Terry Weiner

The Desert Protective Council continues to be the longest-lived desert conservation organization in the U.S. for a combination of reasons.

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Understanding the Battle for Public Lands by Alfred Runte

Understanding the battle for Our Public Lands by Alfred Runte

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A Brief History of Philip L. Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center by Al Muth

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.

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The Splendid Ocotillo

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.

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Night Sky

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.

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Are We Losing Our Heritage Of Silence?

How Grand Canyon became “Noisy Park” and why we need national litigation to restore natural quiet to the Grand Canyon and other national parks.

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Public Lands Development of Solar and Wind Energy–A Ruinous Policy

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.

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California Desert Lizards

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.

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