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 […]


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 […]

June 2014

Download PDF (2 MB) • Pioneers In The Desert • Silurian Valley In The Crosshairs • Solar Tentacles Reach Into Owens Valley • The Wilderness Act: History Of Wilderness In Southern California • The Wilderness Act: The East Mojave • Interview With Steve Mietz, Superintendant of Great Basin National Park • Ocotillo Wells • The Impacts Of Energy Projects On Migratory Birds […]

March 2014

Download PDF (1.4 MB) • Visioning and Marketing of Desert Natural and Cultural Heritage Tourism: The Renewable Tourism Economy • The West Mojave Area And the Travel Management Plan: Unbalanced Subgroup Leads To Flawed Result • Will There Ever Be A Desert Tortoise National Wildlife Refuge? • What Is Wilderness? Revisiting The Wilderness Act Of 1964 • Manzanar: Farewell […]


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 […]

December 2013

Download PDF (1.5 MB) • BLM Reopens Parts Of Dunes That Had Been Closed For 10 Years • A Profile Of Superintendent Mark Butler • Proposed Development of a New City on Park’s Southern Border • Wilderness: Our Shared Heritage And Legacy • Architecture And Nature • Geothermal Development In Northern Nevada • Public Resources At Risk From Bechtel • Current Issues • The […]

*Public Resources At Risk From Bechtel

Soda Mountain Solar Looms Over Mojave National Preserve By G. Sidney Silliman The fundamental contradiction in the numerous proposals by private companies to build industrial-scale renewable energy projects and long-distance power lines on acreage administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is that the lands are public while the profits from the construction and […]

*The Colorado, A River Under Stress

Continued Drought Is Forcing Cooperation By John Hiatt The Colorado River is vitally important to the residents of the seven western states that share its drainage basin. It supplies irrigation and drinking water to more than 30 million people over an area stretching from Denver to San Diego. Unfortunately, the river is over allocated and […]

*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 […]