Articles

*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 […]

*Water Issues Intensify Threats To Nevada Species

Project of the Southern Nevada Water Authority Is Bad News for Species Already At-Risk By Rob Mrowka From the June 2013 issue of Desert Report. Water and Growth Life is impossible without water. Mother Earth’s life-blood nourishes all that require it. Up until recently, it seemed that there was plenty of water to go around – […]

*The Sierra Club’s My Generation Campaign

Building a Coalition in the Inland Empire to Promote Local Clean Energy By Allen Hernandez From the June 2013 issue of Desert Report. Imagine rooftops throughout California covered with solar panels as far as the eye can see. Homes, schools, churches and businesses. Imagine producing your own energy, clean energy, saving money at the same time, […]

*The Birth Of Desert Magazine

What Happens When You Talk Around Campfires And Hike Up Desert Peaks By John Fraim From the June 2013 issue of Desert Report. “This is a land of illusions and thin air. The vision is so cleared at times that the truth itself is deceptive.” – John Van Dyke, The Desert (1901) In June of 1936, […]

*The Curiously Remarkable Spring Blooms Of 2013

Joshua Trees And Other Species Are Having A Spectacular Year By David Lamfrom From the June 2013 issue of Desert Report. A cultural phenomenon in the Desert Southwest occurs when those enamored with arid lands start optimistically accounting each rain or snow event from August to April. Each quarter inch brings us closer to a potential […]

*Mitchell Caverns Natural Preserve

Restoring Public Access to a Mojave Desert Masterpiece By Mark R. Faull From the June 2013 issue of Desert Report. In 1929, on the east-facing rise of a range known as the Providence Mountains, a part-time miner, named Jesse E. “Jack” Mitchell, was drawn to explore an intriguing earthen grotto, a wondrous cavern. Years before, […]

Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan

An Overview of A Sweeping Proposal Impacting California’s Deserts By Shaun Gonzales From the June 2013 issue of Desert Report. John C. Van Dyke wrote in 1901 that the “desert has gone a-begging for a word of praise these many years.” The California desert may have its detractors that dismiss it as a wasteland, but […]