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            A Highway through Utah’s Red Cliffs National Conservation Area by Tom Butine, Board President, Conserve Southwest Utah Due to its climate and outdoor environment, the county has become a retirement, tourism, and recreation destination. It has experienced almost a four-fold increase of population over the last 30 years (to 183,000), and is projected to […]


It’s Still There, with Many Challenges by Gary Gray Our neighbor to the east, the Salton Sea, is still stunningly gorgeous but continues, on a daily basis, to become a greater health hazard and wildlife habitat loss . This giant inland body of water provides an essential migratory stopover for hundreds of bird species migrating […]


Public support for a public resource By Susy Boyd and Geary Hund | Despite making up nearly one quarter of California and representing one of the largest intact ecosystems left in the lower forty-eight states, California’s 25 million acres of desert lands receive very little state funding for conservation projects. By contrast, other California regions […]


A balancing act amidst conflicting interests by Birgitta Jansen | Matt Kingsley, stocky of build and easy in presence, has a demanding job encompassing a wide variety of tasks and balancing many conflicting interests. But it suits him. Matt was born and raised in a Mennonite Community in Indiana, the second youngest in a family […]


Setting an ecological baseline by Sophie S. Parker | By definition, desert ecosystems receive little rainfall − less than 10 inches (25 centimeters) annually. For much of the year, the only locally and naturally available sources of surface water in the desert are seeps and springs − places where groundwater comes to the Earth’s surface. […]

June 2020

In This Issue: • Mojave Desert Springs: Setting an Ecological Baseline• From the Editor: The Coronavirus Pandemic: A Chance to Learn• The Border Wall is on its Way: Goodbye to the Jacumba Wilderness• An Interview With Matt Kingsley, Inyo County Supervisor• Proposed Avi Kwa Ame National Monument• Sabinoso Wilderness: Freeing a Land-Locked Wilderness Area• A […]

The Border Wall Is On Its Way!

By Edie Harmon | Disgusting, wasteful, ugly, a border barrier project threatens the Jacumba Mountains Wilderness on California’s southern boundary. String together all the most negative adjectives you can think of, and it still doesn’t come close to what has happened and is about to happen a short walk from my home adjacent to the […]

Connecting The Desert Mountains – Hazards for Bighorn Sheep

by Clinton W. Epps  |  For many people, the interstate highway system offers a way to see the Mojave Desert. The big four-lane highways connect coastal cities with the hubs of Las Vegas, Phoenix, and other places across the United States. One can gaze at the wide expanses dotted with creosote bushes, stare at craggy peaks […]