December 2014

Download PDF (1.2 MB) • DRECP Plans To Guide The Way: The Future Of The California Desert • An Appeal From The Managing Editor Of Desert Report • Volunteers: The Untrammeling Of Death Valley’s Wilderness • Juniper Flats • Energy Versus Tortoises: The Sequel • Watching The Southwest Border • Poems by Ruth Nolan • Timely […]

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 […]

September 2014

Download PDF (1.2 MB) • More Wild Places That Need Wilderness Designation • Kathy Billings: Superintendent Of Death Valley Nat’l Park • Amazing Eurekensis: A Wonderful Bloom at Eureka Dunes • Wilderness Concept: How It Has Affected Native Americans • My Wilderness: A Florida Native Discovers the CA Desert • Leonard Knight 1931-2014 • Residential Mining In Nevada’s Historic Comstock • Story […]

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 […]

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 […]