June 2021 – Latest Issue

In This Issue: • The Dying Screwbean Mesquite • In Love With Death Valley: A Visitor From Europe • The Climate Costs of Tourism • Save The Planet and Spare The Desert! • Trump’s Border Legacy and a Civics Lesson • Protecting Sage Grouse Habitat • Another Presence on the Mexican Border: Respect For Lives […]

PROTECTING PUBLIC LANDS

Can conventional planning work? by Stephen McCool IT WASN’T TOO LONG ago that I was sitting on the banks of the Rio Negro − a major tributary of the Amazon River in Brazil − reflecting on changes that are coming to that region. And like the Amazon Basin, change is coming to the California desert. […]

SKILL AND SPIRIT

Teaching field geology on public lands by Marli Miller SIX PAIRS OF EYES stared blankly at me. Cows. Amazing how big those creatures are, especially when you’re sitting on the ground ‒ so I was grateful they hadn’t already tried to share my tiny bit of shade. I stood up, shouldered my pack, and walked […]

GREEN ENERGY MEETS MINING BY DAVID VON SEGGERN

Thacker Pass, Nevada THE RECENTLY APPROVED (2/20/2020) Sierra Club policy “Mining and Mining Law Reform Policy (including minerals for Clean Energy)” states in its opening sentences: Mining by its very nature is a dirty business and highly disruptive of the nat­ural and human environment. It involves disturbing the terrestrial and/or marine environment with short term […]

March 2021

A Third Special Issue: A Voice For Our Public Lands• From The Editor• Park Visitation, It’s a Tough Issue• A Challenging Example of Public Land Planning: Carrizo Plain National Monument• Protecting Public Lands: Can Conventional Planning Work?• Skill and Spirit: Teaching Field Geology On Public Lands Other articles• Clean Energy On Public Lands: Another Wave Is Here• Mojave Ranch Is Attracting Rare Species• Updates […]

NO PLACE TO HIDE

Living and dying in the desert BY ROBIN FLINCHUM : THE LAST TIME WE SAW our friend Jim he was riding off into the horizon, that delicate line where the never-ending blue sky meets the muted colors of the panoptic desert. In my memory now, he simply fades into a poof of bone colored dust […]