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Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to All

As we bid farewell to 2016, the Board of Directors must say farewell to our 11-year staff person, Terry Weiner, and to our Newsletter Editor/ Web Maven and Social Media Coordinator, Indy Quillen.

Since the fall of 2005, Terry has ably implemented DPC’s mission as the Desert Protective Council’s (DPC) Conservation and Projects Coordinator with a focus on Imperial County. Indy joined the DPC team in 2012. We are grateful for their competent work and their dedication to educating the public about the desert, as well as advocating for protection and preservation of our southwest deserts. This will be our final DPC Feature News piece. You will be able to read about the DPC Board of Directors’ decision to dissolve the DPC, and about the upcoming transition process in our Winter 2017 El Paisano Newsletter, which will be available on our website by the end of 2016.

After 62 successful years of being a staunch voice for protection and preservation of our southwest deserts, the Board of the Desert Protective Council is in the process of dissolving the DPC. In early 2017, the DPC will turn over our mission of desert protection and advocacy to Basin and Range Watch, a non-profit conservation organization. Basin and Range Watch has been an active voice on behalf of desert protection since 2008. Their mission and goals are compatible with DPC’s. We are grateful that the Executive Director and the Board of Basin and Range Watch enthusiastically requested to carry the torch for DPC. They plan to continue publication of El Paisano. Please check out Basin and Range Watch’s website for their special newsletter announcing taking on DPC’s mission.
We are proud of our legacy and our accomplishments over six decades. The Desert Protective Council has been a leader on many fronts. In honor of our work and our legacy, the DPC and Terry Weiner were bestowed with the 2014 Minerva Hoyt Desert Conservation Award in Palm Desert CA. We are very proud of that recognition.  

The record of DPC’s work, including DPC Board meeting minutes, Annual Membership meeting minutes, and 62 years of seasonal El Paisano newsletters and Educational Bulletins, will be preserved and made accessible to the public in the Special Collections Archives of the San Diego State University Library. The SDSU library has accepted 77 boxes of archival materials and will begin processing them sometime in 2017. After the archives are processed, they will become available to the public, and for research, in the Love Library Archives Section.

The DPC Board will be available to share additional information and hear your comments through March 2017.

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