Articles

*A Profile of Superintendent Mark Butler

Appreciating the Subtleties of Joshua Tree National Park By Seth Shteir Mark Butler patrolled the winding mountain trails of Yosemite National Park’s backcountry as a National Park Service Wilderness Ranger fresh out of high school. It was a life changing experience for Butler, who was captivated by the beauty of Yosemite, the challenge of the […]

*BLM Reopens Parts of Dunes That Had Been Closed For 10 Years

So It’s Back to Court Once Again To Protect The Majestic Algodones Dunes by Ileene Anderson The Algodones Dunes, also known as the Imperial Sand Dunes, is North America’s largest active sand dune formation, covering about 200,000 acres in the southeastern corner of Imperial County and barely dipping into Mexico. It provides unique habitat for […]

*Tales From A Ranger

People Do The Darnedest Things By Edward Patrovsky This story appeared in the September 2013 issue of Desert Report. Editor’s Note: the author worked for many years as a law enforcement ranger for BLM and has many interesting stories to tell of his encounters with characters he came in contact with as part of his […]

*The Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Four Distinct Environments In Southern Nevada By Dan Balduini This story appeared in the September 2013 issue of Desert Report. Editor’s note: This year, National Wildlife Refuge Week is October 13-19. This annual event recognizes the nation’s 560 national wildlife refuges and falls on the second full week in October. Many refuges host public celebrations […]

*The Birth Of Desert Magazine Part II

What Happens When You Talk Around Campfires And Hike Up Desert Peaks By John Fraim This story appeared in the September 2013 issue of Desert Report. Part I of this article can be found in the June, 2013 issue of Desert Report. “Let’s sell the Herald,” Randall finally said. “And I’ll dispose of the Chronicle. […]

*From Glaciers To The Granite Mountains

Getting To Know Mojave National Preserve’s Superintendent Stephanie Dubois By Seth Shteir This story appeared in the September 2013 issue of Desert Report. Mojave National Preserve’s Superintendent Stephanie Dubois believes that building a relationship with the land is the best way to help save special places like the Mojave National Preserve, but that it’s also […]

*Another Place & Time: Voices from the Carrisa Plains by Craig Deutsche

Book review By Ann Ronald This story appeared in the September 2013 issue of Desert Report. Almost every Sierra Club volunteer who loves the desert knows Craig Deutsche. Either they have talked with him at Desert Committee meetings, or written articles for him when he was Managing Editor of Desert Report (he still serves as […]

*Confessions Of A Late Bloomer

How Sahara Mustard Changes More Than Just Landscapes By David Garmon This story appeared in the September 2013 issue of Desert Report. It’s a 2-mile drive down a dirt road from my house in the Borrego Valley desert to the paved main drag. Tubb Canyon Road is a 2-mile corrugated ribbon stretching in a straight […]

*Grassroots Groups Sue Over Destructive Solar Policy

Continuing Efforts To Protect The Desert From Industrial-Scale Solar By Janine Blaeloch This story appeared in the September 2013 issue of Desert Report. Over the past few years, Desert Report readers have learned steadily more about the terrible impacts of the Obama Interior Department’s industrial-solar invasion of our desert ecosystems and about the unexamined alternatives […]

*Climate Change And (Or) Desert Protection

Will Joshua Tree National Park become Creosote Bush National Park? By Dr. Cameron Barrows This story appeared in the September 2013 issue of Desert Report. Throughout time, the earth’s climate has changed. Factors pushing climates to be either cooler or warmer include orbital shifts bringing the earth closer or farther from the sun, changes in […]