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Action Alert: Your Comments Needed on Palen Solar Project

The California Energy Commission has set another hearing for the Palen Solar Power Project in Blythe – to take place July 28-31. Although the CEC recommended denying the permit for this project last winter, based on impacts to avian fauna and cultural resources, the entire case has been reopened at the request of Brightsource.

It’s important to voice your concerns at these hearings, as they will take public comments.

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Results from 2014 Anza-Borrego Bighorn Sheep Count

DPC congratulates Ranger Steve Bier for a superb job of coordinating sixty volunteers and compiling the data from the recent 2014 Bighorn Sheep Count in Anza-Borrego, which ended July 6th. And a salute to the sixty volunteers for their dedication and hard work, making this count a success.

Here is a brief run down of the stats:

 

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ABF Wants to Say Thank You for Your Support - and so does DPC!


DPC would like to join Anza-Borrego Foundation in thanking you for your support and votes during the CBS Eco Ambassadors Campaign.

Every vote made a difference and the contest did a lot to raise awareness about Camp Borrego, which DPC has long supported.

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Anza-Borrego Foundation Needs Your Help

Many of you may already know that Desert Protective Council is a huge supporter of Camp Borrego, Anza-Borrego Foundation’s 5th Grade Environmental Education Program. But here is an easy way that you can lend your support at well.

Anza-Borrego Foundation (ABF) has been nominated as one of eight Eco Ambassadors through CBS 8 here in San Diego. This honor brings with it a voting campaign and a chance to win a $25,000 grant – which would go entirely to Camp Borrego, should ABF win.

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The Desert Protective Council Turns 60: a bird’s eye view - by Terry Weiner

Did you know that The Desert Protective Council (DPC) continues to be the longest-lived desert conservation organization in the U.S.?

How does a small, scrappy desert conservation organization, unheard of by most westerners, funded mainly by membership dues and run by volunteers for most of its 60 years, continue to make its voice heard on proposals for large energy development projects and other misguided ideas for exploitation of irreplaceable natural and cultural resources for private profit on our public lands in the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts?

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Desert Committee Spring Meeting

The meeting will be a presentation and discussion of current issues relating to conservation of California and Nevada wilderness and deserts. We encourage you to take advantage of this informative gathering. You will be guests at the University of California’s James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve, a mountain setting on Hwy 243 between banning (on I-10 near Palm Springs) and Idyllwild. The meeting will be held in the reserve’s Trailfinder Lodge. Jeff Morgan will chair the meeting.

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Call to Action: OHMVR Commission Meeting

Do you want to help protect the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail and other hiking trails on public lands from Off Road Vehicle Trespass and Damage?

Your presence is needed
at an important Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Commission Meeting…

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DPC Honored by Anza-Borrego Foundation


DPC Award plaque with photo of Calexico students from March 2014 camp

DPC was honored on March 29th by Anza-Borrego Foundation, as a thank you for a decade of funding to Camp Borrego

Saturday was sunny and unusually warm in Borrego Springs for the Anza-Borrego Foundation’s (ABF’s) 10-year celebration and fundraiser, in honor of ten great years for Camp Borrego – their fifth-grade environmental tent camp…

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DPC Speaks Out on Public Lands Large-scale Energy Projects in Inyo County

Ongoing discussions continue regarding the solar development being planned for the beautiful Owens Valley, in Inyo County. Mike Gervais of The Inyo Register has written a detailed report explaining many of the specifics being considered. He also asked Terry Weiner, conservation and projects coordinator for The Desert Protective Council, to speak to some of the issues.

Terry Weiner relayed that Inyo County is not alone in facing challenges presented by renewable energy development. “Until recently, Southern California counties were not including large-scale, remote energy development projects in their General Plan processes,” Weiner said…”

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Help Camp Borrego Celebrate Ten Years!

 

March 29 2014 Celebration / Fundraiser in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park!

Over the last 10 years, Camp Borrego has introduced hundreds of fifth-grade students from San Diego and Imperial Counties to the wonders of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. They get to experience living in the desert for three days and two nights, learning together from nature. 

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Petition to Protect Mojave National Preserve

Please take 30 seconds to sign this petition to protect Mojave National Preserve by denying Bechtel’s request for a public land grant to build its Soda Mountain Solar.

Desert Protective Council is in solidarity in opposition to the proposed Soda Mountain Solar on public land adjacent to Mojave National Preserve, threatening the resources and landscape of this treasured unit of the National Park System. Soda Mountain will interfere markedly with the habitat corridor linking Joshua Tree and Death Valley National Parks…

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DPC Joins Western Lands Project and Western Watersheds in Legal Challenge


Solar Done Correctly: Rooftop Solar vs. Large-Scale Solar in the Desert

Desert Protective Council Joins Western Lands Project and Western Watersheds in legal challenge against the Federal Government for Large-scale Desert Solar Development Plans

Unless you are a member of the Desert Protective Council, you may not be aware that the DPC signed on as a co-plaintiff with the Western Lands Project and Western Watersheds Project in a legal challenge to the Interior Department’s plan for large-scale solar development on hundreds of thousands of acres on public lands in six southwestern states.

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Celebrating a Decade of Support for Desert Education

The Desert Protective Council (DPC) is pleased to announce that 2014 will be the 10th consecutive year of funding to Anza-Borrego Foundation’s fifth-grade environmental tent camp – officially known as Camp Borrego. The setting for three-day/three night camp is the Palm Canyon Campground in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. 

The students sleep in Mongolian yurts and spend their days in a variety of projects. At the Paleo Lab they learn about the geology and fossils of the Borrego Springs area, participate in a “scavenger hunt” at the Park Visitor Center, and explore the Visitor Center’s Science Discovery Lab. Besides ranger-guided hikes in Palm Canyon, there are programs about nocturnal animals, predators and prey relationships, as well as the constellations. The three days and nights in the desert are often a student’s first experience in the desert. Reflections at the end of each camp, and follow-up student thank-you letters, indicate that for most the experience is profoundly positive and even life changing.

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Exciting Opportunity: The Desert Documentary


This is an example of Mojave desert habitat that was destroyed for the Ivanpah project.

DPC, and other like-minded organizations, have been working diligently to expose and slow down the destructive industrial-scale development of solar and wind projects on public lands in the desert. One key to success is the ability to raise awareness and support for an approach that prioritizes renewable developments on already degraded areas, on rooftops, and in the built environment. Such an opportunity is at hand!

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2013 Environmental Health Leadership Summit

The 5th Annual Imperial Valley Environmental Health Leadership Summit is a one day event held on November 2 and hosted by Imperial Valley College, in the new LEED certified Science Building.

As one of the sponsors of this event, Desert Protective Council would like to encourage you to take advantage of this free event, open to the entire community. Here’s an opportunity to learn about paths to environmental justice by seeing it in action, using innovation and collaboration. Participate and network with others from a variety of backgrounds to gain strategies and resources for your individual goals.

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Call to Action: Bobcat Protection Act AB1213



We Need Your Help!  We’re asking you for one more phone call or email asking Governor Brown to sign the Bobcat Protection Act.

In order for this to become a law in January 2014, it must be signed by October 13th. The trapping / hunting lobby will also be making calls, requesting that he not sign the bill.

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