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Finding Common Ground – National Monuments Belong To Us All

By Hilary Clark   |  After a strenuous three-and-a-half hour hike, I reach the top of Telescope Peak, Death Valley’s highest point at over 11,000 feet. I watch the sun set over Mount Whitney to the distant west. To the east, I see the expansive shades of desert brown. Bristlecone pines surround me like twisted works of […]

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Can Importing Water From The Gulf Of California Save The Salton Sea?

Interviews with Joan Taylor   |  Two Experts Share Their Views   | Michael Cohen, Senior Research Associate, Pacific Institute: A lot of people are saying you need to import water from Mexico to save the Salton Sea, but there are several challenges. It would require permission of the Republic of Mexico, which is currently not very fond of our […]

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Fire Hazard Shut-offs In Rural Areas

By Bill Powers   |   Rooftop Solar and Batteries are the Right Solution   |  The role played by equipment owned by California’s investor-owned utilities (IOUs) in California’s recent wildfires is front-page news in the state. It is important to understand how the electrical utilities have responded to high fire hazard conditions and to look at alternatives. Photo above: The […]

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Bringing Environmental Changes One Young Mind at a Time

By Alyssa Bravo and Isaac Otero   |   What is the next step in addressing environmental issues in our world today? Comite Civico Del Valle* believes that involving the youth will be beneficial. This is one of the reasons why Comite Civico Del Valle (CCV) started the Environmental Health Internship that we have been fortunate to participate […]

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Near Las Vegas, Tragedy Brews For Desert National Wildlife Refuge

by Wynne Benti   |   Desert bighorn threatened by military expansion. Legislative Environmental Impact Statement opens for public review December 2017. In the heart of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, north of Las Vegas, the Sheep Range is home to one of the most isolated and biologically diverse communities in the Mojave Desert. Sheltered by massive […]

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Service In Our National Parks – Not Only For The Professionals

By Kate Allen   |  From December 2008 to March 2016, I had the pleasure of leading more than two dozen Desert Committee service trips in Death Valley National Park. These were sponsored to help restore wilderness values in the 91% of the Park that is designated wilderness. The ranger responsible for directing the projects was […]

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Ravenous Ravens in the Desert

By Tara Callaway   |   I posed a question to high school students during a presentation on desert tortoise at Joshua Tree National Park in 2016: How would you deal with the issue of ravens eating desert tortoises? I received a multitude of feasible answers, which showed me that these students understood the issue. However, […]

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Protection and Restoration: Advocates for Mono Lake Make a Difference

By Geoffrey McQuilkin   |   Located high in the California’s Eastern Sierra, Mono Lake is an oasis for migratory birds, a popular destination for photographers and outdoor adventurers, and the source of a legendary piece of California water history. Mono Lake’s salty, alkaline waters support a unique ecosystem ⎼ instead of fish, a population of […]

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Tick Borne Diseases? Yes, Even In The Deserts

By Edie Harmon   |  There is a popular and incorrect belief that the deserts of the southwest are too hot and dry for ticks to survive. Tick bites and tick-borne infections in Imperial County CA and Mexicali BC prove otherwise1. From documents with links from the California Department of Public Health-Vector Borne Diseases Section, one […]