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URBAN WILDERNESS COLLISION

            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 […]

SALTON SEA REPORT

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 […]

A CALIFORNIA DESERTS CONSERVANCY

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 […]

AN INTERVIEW WITH MATT KINGSLEY, INYO COUNTY SUPERVISOR

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 […]

MOJAVE DESERT SPRINGS

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. […]