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National Conservation Lands – Some of the West’s Most Spectacular Landscapes

By Linda Castro   |   This year the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) celebrates the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the National Conservation Lands, previously known as the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS). This system recognizes the national importance of, and increases protection for, almost 30 million acres of the most spectacular natural areas in […]

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Soaring with the Condors – a Teenager’s Perspective

By Terra Bransfield   |   Hello, my name is Terra. I am a freshman in high school and am 14 years old. I am a very outdoors person and enjoy working with animals. Along with animals, I take joy in participating in activities such as singing in my high school choir, dancing and playing the […]

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Solar Sacrifice Zones: Who Decides?

The Case of Charleston View   |   By Patrick Donnelly  |   A little known corner of the northern Mojave Desert is being targeted as the latest solar energy sacrifice zone. Charleston View, California doesn’t have a Post Office or a zip code. Public meetings used to convene in front of the payphone, but […]

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Adding Insult To Injury

BLM Proposes to Significantly Increase ORV routes in the Western Mojave by Ileene Anderson and Phil Klasky In a move that has angered private property owners, conservationists, desert residents and visitors to the Western Mojave Desert, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing to double the miles of off road vehicle (ORV) routes from […]

DRECP – Vision Or Illusion?

An Accurate Energy-Need Analysis Must be Part of the Plan By Joan Taylor Encompassing 22 million acres, the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is the biggest, most complicated habitat plan ever attempted. Here are a few things you ought to know about it. To give credit, DRECP is a laudable attempt by the California […]

Residential Mining in Nevada’s Historic Comstock

Neighbors Face Noise, Dust, and Toxins By Susan Juetten Here in northern Nevada we’ve all heard tales of the Comstock District silver and gold rush, about 30 miles southeast of Reno, which started up right after the ‘49er gold strike in California. Unlike gold towns that became ghost towns, people hung on here, and today […]

In the Desert: About a Mountain, About a Man

Leonard Knight 1931-2014 by Ruth Nolan This is what I want you to write to the world / that the answer is “love.” / I’ve painted the word “love” at least 24,000 times out here in the desert” — Leonard Knight, desert artist/visionary 1931-2014 This is the story of a lone desert mountain, a hill […]

The Amazing Eurekensis

A Wonderful Bloom at the Eureka Dunes By Birgitta Jansen When Mike Cipra left his job in Death Valley National Park in February 2014, his wife Jane, the park’s botanist, did not go with him. When curious park staffers asked her how much longer she was staying, her face lit up and she replied with […]

More Wild Places That Need Wilderness Designation

Hills, Mountains, and Valleys By Duncan Bell While this is a time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, it is also a good time to think about other areas that have not yet been given wilderness designation. In the previous two issues of Desert Report I have written about several wild places […]