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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 […]

SILURIAN VALLEY IN THE CROSSHAIRS

Proposed Solar Project Would Require PEIS Variance from BLM  by Jack Prichett Silurian Valley, a majestic desert basin flanked by the 6,000-foot-plus Avawatz, Soda, and Kingston ranges, is undeveloped. The nearest community is 17 miles south, the town of Baker. Head north from Baker on California Highway 127 and the Mojave Desert unfolds before you. […]

THE EAST MOJAVE

WILD PLACES THAT NEED WILDERNESS DESIGNATION, PART 2 By Duncan Bell In the previous issue of Desert Report, several locations were mentioned that are truly wild places, under threat from development, that have not yet been designated as wilderness. In this issue, with the focus on locations in the east Mojave, I present a few […]

PIONEERS IN THE DESERT

a lesson for the Future by Craig Deutsche, former editor of the Desert Report      Entering Death Valley from the south, one is nearly compelled to pass through the small town of Shoshone, California. While there is a highway maintenance station near the village entrance and a modern gas station as well, it would be […]

THE RENEWABLE TOURISM ECONOMY

The Visioning and Marketing of Desert Natural and Cultural Heritage Tourism By Mark Faull Thirty years ago when I moved to the Mojave Desert this amazing landscape captured me. A northern Californian by birthright and experience, I thought my residency would last three years before taking in additional wonders of California’s State Park System. Such […]