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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]