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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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Call to Action: Support the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund

DPC is part of a national coalition working to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
Please join us by contacting your congressional representatives.

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Happy Earth Day 2015!

As a reminder that the planet we call home is an astonishing place, why not get out and hike, bike, climb, surf, kayak or just walk around outdoors?

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Minerva Hoyt Desert Conservation Award Event


Terry Weiner and Desert Protective Council receive Minerva Hoyt Award

On March 26 2015, the Joshua Tree National Park Association, in the presence of about eighty friends and colleagues, honored the Desert Protective Council for their six decades of work. The celebration took place in the beautiful Chase Auditorium of the spectacular Living Desert botanical museum in Palm Desert…

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DPC named Recipient of 2014 Minerva Hoyt Conservation Award

The DPC is honored to announce that The Joshua Tree National Park Association (JTNPA) has chosen Terry Weiner and the Desert Protective Council for the 11th Annual Minerva Hoyt Desert Conservation Award.

“The purpose of this award is to recognize individuals or organizations that have made notable achievements in the areas of leadership, protection, preservation, research, education, and stewardship leading to a significant and lasting contribution on behalf of the deserts of California.”

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Borrego Desert Floor in Full Bloom

Tom Chester, member of the California Native Plant Society, San Gabriel Mountains Chapter, has reported that the Borrego Desert floor, at elevations of 600 – 1500 feet (in the immediate area of Borrego Springs and west) has gone from very few blooms the first part of February to full bloom by the 20th…

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Please Sign Important Petition to DRECP Action Team!

Consider the California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan as an Alternative for the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan.

One of the major concerns DPC has with the current Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is that it doesn’t include any alternatives, such as rooftop solar.

That’s why we support this petition from Basin & Range Watch and encourage you to sign and support it as well.

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DPC Action Alert

We are posting this on behalf of our friends in the Joshua Tree Area.  Bobcats have a lot of habitat in the California high desert and adjacent mountain ranges.

Take Action to End Bobcat Trapping in California Now!

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Important Petition Regarding Algodones Dunes: Please Support and Sign!

Dear Desert Defenders,
The Bureau of Land Management in Southern California has dropped ORV fees for the upcoming Martin Luther King weekend in ORV open areas in Imperial County, including Lark Canyon and the Algodones Dunes…

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We Don’t Need to Sacrifice California’s Deserts for Renewable Energy

DPC supports the development of renewable energy. So why are we co-sponsoring a petition to protect our desert from remote, large-scale solar and wind projects? Because we know there is a better way.
More renewable energy is available from rooftop solar in San Diego and Los Angeles Counties than will be derived from the siting of utility-scale generating facilities on the two million acres of desert habitat called for in the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan…

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Silurian Valley: A Cause for Celebration


Photo Courtesy of Basin and Range Watch

In these days of constant battles, on many fronts, to preserve our deserts from industrialization and other threats, it’s easy to feel as if we, as individuals and small organizations, can’t make a difference – that we have no chance against huge, powerful corporations and government policies. It’s easy to feel defeated before we even begin. But we can and do make a difference when we speak out and take a stand. The recent BLM (Bureau on Land Management) decision to spare Silurian Valley for future generations, is an example of such a victory…

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Urgent: Your Comments Needed on DRECP!


How can we in good conscience allow carving up of more of the California desert when there are still hundreds of thousands of rooftops that could be producing solar energy and helping us meet our renewable energy goals? ~Terry Weiner

A second DRECP meeting in the desert has been scheduled in Joshua Tree on Wednesday, November 19th, in the Joshua Tree community Center. We hope you can attend and speak up for the desert. If you don’t personally feel well-enough informed to comment on the DRECP, you can still be a great help to others who will be submitting, by emailing a request to extend the comment period by 90-120 days.

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The Deserts Need Your Voice at Upcoming DRECP Meetings!


Your participation is needed at the upcoming DRECP meetings regarding their plans to industrialize the California Desert.
by Terry Weiner

The Draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is now available for review and comment.

This plan has been prepared by US Fish and Wildlife, the BLM, the California Energy Commission, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, along with numerous contracted consultants, and covers about 2 million acres of our California Desert. It will impact endangered wildlife, critical habitat, air and water quality, cultural resources, private and public lands, agricultural land, and preserved open space.

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The Desert Renewable Energy Plan Hits the Streets

On September 26th, the BLM and the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced in the Federal Register the availability of the long-awaited Draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) Draft EIR/EIS.

How can we in good conscience allow carving up of more of the California desert when there are still hundreds of thousands of rooftops that could be producing solar energy and helping us meet our renewable energy goals?

Read why the DPC disagrees with the premise of the DRECP, which is to continue expanding renewable energy development in our beleaguered California desert.

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The Cost of Inaction at the Salton Sea


The Cost of Doing Nothing at Salton Sea May Be Higher Than the Cost of Repair

According to Michael Cohen, senior associate with the Pacific Institute, and author of the report Hazard’s Toll, the declining Salton Sea will impose massive public and environmental costs on local residents, and Californians in general.

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