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Three New National Monuments In The California Desert

Moving Forward with Protection  |  by Laura Cunningham  |   Desert lovers applauded the declaration on February 12 of three new national monuments in the California Desert. Using the Antiquities Act, the President issued proclamations creating the monuments after more than a decade of legislative work by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) as well as tireless […]

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The Clock is Ticking at the Salton Sea

Air, Water, Health, And Habitat Are At Stake  |  By Kim Delfino  |   Fourteen years ago, the California State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) and California Legislature decided to approve the largest agriculture-to-urban transfer of water in the country. At its peak, the water transfer would move more than 367,000 acre-feet of Colorado […]

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Mining, Environment, And Politics

Oak Flat is an Old Story  |  By Roger Featherstone  | The Apache Leap Escarpment towers above the mining town of Superior, Arizona, an hour east of Phoenix. This site is sacred to Native Americans and lies on the western edge of the Oak Flat Plateau. An ecological and recreational haven, this larger area is under […]

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Lane Mountain Milk-vetch – Back from the Brink, or Not?

By Connie Rutherford  | In April 1985, botanist Mark Bagley and his field crew were picking their way across the bajadas of Area B, on the Army’s Fort Irwin National Training Center (NTC) north of Barstow when they stumbled upon a plant species that hadn’t been seen in 44 years: it was the enigmatic Lane […]

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Uranium Mining Puts Grand Canyon At Risk

Mining, Environment, and Politics  |   By Steve Martin  | For years, my family has visited Grand View Point, where, in the 1880s, stagecoach passengers first glimpsed the Grand Canyon. At this forgotten and quiet spot, we stand at the rim and hold our breath. Six feet ahead, the ground drops 5,000 feet into a […]

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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 […]