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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 […]

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Wild Horses and Burros: A Most Contentious Issue

By John Hiatt  |   As a result of the passage of the Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act in 1971 (the Act), wild (feral) horses and burros on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service lands in the West have enjoyed federal protection against capture, killing, or harassment. Without significant natural enemies, horse and burro […]

.in the light of the desert sun.

By Anthony Tróchez  |   This essay does not directly deal with desert issues. Instead it is concerned with a worldview that threatens all aspects of our environment. It will be controversial and perhaps even offensive to some. On the other hand, it represents a point of view that can not be entirely dismissed and deserves […]

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Conserving Tejon Ranch – The Wild Heart of California

By Ileene Anderson and J.P. Rose   |  In the wild heart of California, at a crossroads where valleys, mountains, and deserts meet, lies Tejon Ranch, California’s quintessential natural landscape. Home to the California condor, Tejon encompasses more than 270,750 acres of private land between Los Angeles and Bakersfield – and it continues to be threatened […]

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Return of the Desert Ghost – Seventy Years in Absentia

By Thomas Egan   |   The endangered Sonoran pronghorn, or “Desert Ghost,” may be returning soon to its historic haunts in the southern California Deserts. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is in the process of finalizing an Endangered Species Act Non-essential, Experimental Population Rule, which would allow this Spirit of the Desert to […]

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Rattlesnakes And Kangaroo Rats – Predator Prey Interactions

The links in this article take you to astonishing videos that illustrate the assertions of the article. They are a must-see − Editor.   By Malachi D. Whitford, Grace A. Freymiller, Rulon W. Clark   |   In any predator-prey interaction, the predator is attempting to subdue the prey and the prey is attempting to evade capture. […]

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Desert Groundwater – A Resource at Risk

By Bill Christian   |   Groundwater stored in our desert basin aquifers is an increasingly valuable and scarce resource, sustaining both people and groundwater dependent ecosystems. Desert springs, where groundwater surfaces, are rare and easily threatened sources of water, critically important for a wide range of desert plants and animals. Perennial springs and seeps often serve as […]