Articles

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 […]

In The Military Crosshairs – Nevada’s Desert National Wildlife Refuge

By Patrick Donnelly   |  Native American nations, Nevadans, and public lands lovers across the country are in opposition to the proposed land seizure by the U.S. Air Force of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge. With newly introduced legislation pending, it appears the multi-year campaign to save the Desert Refuge is headed for a showdown.  But […]

The Players and the Subtext at the Salton Sea Summit

By Joan Taylor | Will attention lead to action?  Inaction in the face of a massive ecological and public health crisis is unacceptable. In spite of its dying fishery and hazardous exposed shoreline, the Salton Sea is still a stunningly gorgeous place and well worth saving. Proposals to fix the Sea’s problems have always been many, but […]

When Mine Tailings Are Stored… Do It Right!

By Bill Albright | Not long ago the Anchorage Daily News published a letter (7 Dec 2017) from Northern Dynasty Minerals VP for External Affairs about the controversial Pebble Mine on the Alaska Peninsula. The author stated that the development team had decided to place a liner underneath the tailings impoundment. This was likely received as good […]

Up, Up And Away… But Not Quite – The Problem with Balloons

By Birgitta Jansen  |  Death Valley’s Backcountry Law Enforcement Ranger Bernard and I were driving down Panamint Valley Road enjoying the impressive sweep of the valley surrounded by rugged mountains, when we spotted a dot in the sky. Being long-time Mylar balloon watchers, we knew immediately what it had to be: a Mylar balloon. It looked […]

Pumped Storage Proposals in the Eastern Sierra: Once Again, Haste Makes Waste

By Jora Fogg   |   The rush to implement new technologies to meet California’s renewable energy mandate has spurred several new proposals for pumped storage in the Eastern Sierra. This technique involves pumping water up hill between two or more reservoirs during times of low energy demand and then releasing it downhill to power turbines to generate electricity at […]