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Desert Protective Council News Archive

High School Students View Breaking Point Documentary

DPC’s Imperial County Conservation and Projects Coordinator, Terry Weiner, was thrilled to be invited by Jose Flores, Social Studies Department Chair of Brawley Union High School in Brawley California, to show Breaking Point, a most beautiful, comprehensive and compelling documentary on the geological, human and natural history of the Salton Sea.

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Earth Day Event: Leaders for Environmental Awareness and Protection

On Saturday April 30th, DPC was delighted to participate in the El Centro Southwest High School inaugural Earth Day Event, put on by Southwest High’s student group, Leaders for Environmental Awareness and Protection (LEAP). LEAP’s founder Frances Nicklin, a Southwest High School senior, invited us to set up a table informing attendees about the wonders of the desert.

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February Joy in the Desert!

We have plenty to celebrate on behalf of the desert this month.

President Obama used the 1906 Antiquities Act to designate three new national monuments in the California desert….and Death Valley National Park already has a profusion of wildflowers covering the washes and hillsides!

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Call to Action: The Nevada Desert Needs Your Help!

The Searchlight Desert and Mountains is a pristine area containing one of the largest concentrations of desert tortoises and golden eagles in Nevada.

Please take a moment to sign this petition requesting the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to designate the desert and mountains around Searchlight, Nevada as an Industrial Wind Energy Free Zone in the Southern Nevada Resource Management Plan.

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National Public Lands Day Event Scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 12th

The Bureau of Land Management will be holding a National Public Lands Day Event this Saturday, December 12th, at the Tumco Historic Mining Town.

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Important Public BLM Meeting Regarding ORV Routes

This is an Important Public Meeting on the BLM’s Proposal to Dramatically Increase ORV Routes in Rural Communities Throughout the Western Mojave Desert.

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DPC Announces Support for 6th Annual Environmental Health Leadership Summit

Comite Civico del Valle invites you to the November 21st 6th Annual Environmental Health Leadership Summit. This FREE annual summit features experts on various topics who will inform the public about various issues impacting inhabitants of Imperial Valley.

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DPC Loses a Former Board Member and Desert Lover


Desert Lover, Jim Ricker. Photo Courtesy of Lori Roads

DPC Board directors, members and friends are grieving the sudden loss of Jim Ricker, a passionate desert lover and tireless advocate on behalf of all beleaguered beings.

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Help Us Stand Strong Against Attacks on Rooftop Solar!

By speaking out to your representatives, and letting them know you are against these attacks on rooftop solar, you can help protect our deserts from remote, large-scale solar development!

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National Public Lands Day: September 26, 2015


Photos Courtesy of Tom Budlong

This Saturday, September 26th You Can Enjoy Your Public Lands and lend a hand on National Public Lands Day!

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the largest volunteer event for America’s public lands. Thousands of Americans volunteer to improve and enhance our nation’s public lands.

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Please Join the BLM Desert Advisory Council Meeting in San Diego

BLM Desert Advisory Council to Meet in San Diego

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. - The next field trip and meeting of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) California Desert Advisory Council (DAC) will be held September 11-12, 2015 in San Diego, Calif.

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Say ‘No’ to Extending the Permit for Construction of Palen Solar Power Project!

The California Energy Commission (CEC) is considering developer Abengoa’s petition to extend the deadline for construction on the existing Palen Solar Power Plant permit.

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Your Help Needed Now – Support Return of Eagle Mountain!

Joshua Tree National Park has initiated a boundary study of 32,000 acres of land in the Eagle Mountains and the Chuckwalla Valley in Riverside County, exploring whether it would be appropriate and feasible to add the lands to Joshua Tree National Park.

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Updates from DPC for August, 2015


Camp Borrego Students Enjoy a Waterfall on a Hot Day.

August 7, 2015

The Desert Protective Council is pleased to report on their recent grants and donations to non-profit organizations whose projects and programs foster DPC’s mission and goals.

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DPC Encourages Joshua Tree National Park to Take Back the Eagle Mountains!


Article and photo by Terry Weiner

July 22 2015: Joshua Tree National Park (JTNP) officials are looking into the feasibility of adding lands in the Eagle Mountain area to the national park. DPC wants to urge all desert lovers to support Joshua Tree National Park in this endeavor!  The area has recently been identified as a key bighorn sheep migration corridor. And it is home to many sensitive desert species, including the endangered desert tortoise…

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Announcing A New Desert Publication!

The Desert Oracle is a new pocket-sized quarterly magazine about the arid southwest’s places, people, plants and critters. The articles cover everything from Dr. Edmund Jaeger’s discovery of sleeping poor-wills to the lost film locations for the original Star Wars in Death Valley…

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