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Desert Protective Council News Archive

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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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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