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Summer 2009 Number 205
A few changes at El Paisano
by Chris Clarke
By Terry Weiner
his issue of El Paisano brings with it a few changes in Desert Protective Council’s venerable newsletter. Most notably, El Paisano’s former editor Taking Larry’s place at the helm of El Lawrence Hogue has moved on to other Paisano, DesertBlog, and sundry other tasks, though not from his ardent and DPC communications channels is yours eloquent defense of the desert. He’s also truly. I come to DPC after twenty years handed over the reins of the DPC’s weblog, of environmental journalism working DesertBlog, which he has cultivated since for groups such as San Francisco’s Earth March 2008. In his work as CommunicaIsland Institute. My weblog at faultline.org tions Consultant at DPC Larry set high has won praise for its success in bringing editorial and literary standards, and leaves desert conservation issues to new audian intimidating metaphorical pair of desences, though of course there’s plenty still ert hiking boots to fill. DPC is sorry to see left undone in that regard. A long-time Larry go, and we look forward to bumping Mojave Desert rat, I’m currently finishing into him out in the ocotillos. up the research for a forthcoming book on Incidentally, if you haven’t yet gotJoshua trees. ten yourself a copy of Larry’s masterful I urge Desert Protective Council mem2000 book All the Wild and Lonely Places: bers and other El Paisano readers to conJourneys In A Desert Landscape, there’s no sider contributing writing, photographs time like the present to do so. Larry’s is a or other appropriate content. I’m always keen and insightful look at the San Diego interested in hearing about what’s going backcountry, its denizens human and on in your corner of the desert. If there’s otherwise, and a compelling meditation on something you’d like to have mentioned the nature of wilderness besides. It’s still in in El Paisano, or if you have comments on print, thankfully, and well worth the read. anything in the newsletter, please feel free to give me a call at (213) 254-5382. With the change in staff come a few Inside this issue design modifications, which we hope will make El Paisano even more of a pleasure Imperial County News 3 to read. The re-engineering of El Paisano’s masthead is the most prominent such Interior Fast-tracks Solar 4 change. Our new header image was donated to DPC by noted wildlife artist Carl Desert News 5 Buell, whose work has been seen in venues as diverse as the peer-reviewed scientific Member Notes 6 journal Nature and the walls of park visitor centers theroughout the US. You can Soda Mountains 6 see more of Carl’s work on his website at olduvaigeorge.com. Annual Membership Meeting 7
s the summer of 2009 bakes our southwest deserts, I give thanks for the temporary respite granted the plants, animals and soils of our arid lands from the punishing tires, air pollution, dust and noise of off-road vehicle (ORV) activity. Away from the desert’s military bases, quiet dominates and creatures rest. Although, use by ORV enthusiasts reportedly decreased in 2008/2009 in a number of desert areas, the impact of their activity has not decreased. This year in California — especially in San Bernardino and Kern counties — illegal ORV riding on private roads, harassment, and retaliatory threats to residents who complain to local sheriffs and other officials have increased. I am heartsick at the frequent reports landing in my email inbox from desert and backcountry residents, land managers, and other conservation organizations describing the siege of ORV abuse of private lands, in rural communities from the desert to the mountain forests all across the country. As a member of the Sierra Club National Recreation Issues Committee, I hear details of ORV abuse from the Everglades to the forests of Washington State. A few examples: On June 24, 2009, Stanislaus National Forest Service researchers conducting a five-year ecological study arrived at a highelevation mountain meadow in time to see a pickup truck being loaded with motorcycles and beating a hasty retreat. Entering the meadow on foot, the researchers found the meadow badly scarred, with deep
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wheel ruts from spins and zigzags across it. Protective fencing had been cut. In May 2009, roughly 500 off-roaders rallied in Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to protest the 2000 BLM closure of the Paria River to motorized vehicles. Hundreds deliberately drove their machines up the muddy river in mass violation of Federal Law. In the California Department of Parks and Recreation-managed Desert Cahuilla Prehistoric Area in Imperial County, riders in jeeps and on dirt bikes blaze new trails up fragile, colorful sandstone hills, damage 10,000-year-old desert pavement, crush petrified wood, and jeopardize ancient Native American sacred sites. During the 2008-9 off-roading season at the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area in San Diego and Imperial Counties, dozens of injured children and adults were airlifted to distant hospitals. On holiday weekends, the entire desert basin around this 80,000-acre Ocotillo Wells “Open Area” is filled with a purple haze of air pollution which, when winds blow east, affects air quality in the adjacent AnzaBorrego Desert State Park and the town of Borrego Springs. In Kern County, a ranch owner who has tried to work with the county to craft an ORV ordinance, suffers at all hours from noise, fumes and dust from offroaders tearing up the road she pays to maintain. Kern County Community ORV Watch (COW), a citizen/property owner organization, recently learned from the D.A.’s office that they would not under any circumstances prosecute misdemeanors by, or issue citations to, illegal off-roaders. The Kern County sheriff has refused to enforce the laws on private-public access dirt roads, and will not respond to trespass if one is calling on behalf of a neighbor, despite the fact that the local folks supported the sheriff ’s 08/09 California State OHV grant application for law enforcement funding. In Imperial County, a group of parttime, off-roading residents of the Walters Camp community on the banks of the Colorado River are blackmailing Senator Feinstein to remove thousands of acres from wilderness consideration so that
This ORV damage to the Desert Cahuilla Prehistoric Area may take centuries to heal, if it ever does. Satellite image courtesy Google Earth
they may continue using their illegal ORV routes on public land. This small group of 50 homeowners in this tiny community has flatly stated that they will not support any new wilderness if they do not get their way. The county’s Board of Supervisors and Senator Feinstein will not approve any wilderness additions in that area without the support of the Walters Camp residents. Residents who support wilderness are outnumbered, and are thus excluded from the negotiations. Some areas that will be left out of wilderness protection due to the demands of the off-roaders include Quechan sacred cultural sites, including portions of the ancient footpath — the Quechan Trail of Dreams, which starts at Pilot Knob and goes to Spirit Mountain in Nevada. Also excluded will be fragile desert hills, ancient microphyll woodlands and desert washes honeycombed with desert tortoise burrows. Meanwhile, the CA OHV Division of State Parks has released for public comment their “OHV Strategic Plan” to guide the future of OHV recreation in California. The plan seems to have been crafted in a vacuum. The main goal of the plan is to protect and promote “sustainable” (apparently meaning, in this case, “sustained”) OHV “opportunity,” including the expansion of the extremely controversial “state-wide motorized trail.” Protection of California’s natural resources and consideration of other types of recreation are treated as obstacles to be overcome in the OHV Division’s mission of sustaining a land base for this high-impact recreation. California’s climate change plan and air
quality management are given short shrift. One of the plan’s answers to air quality issues is merely to point out that a new generation of electric dirt bikes is entering the market. You can check out this draft strategic plan by downloading the PDF file at http://tinyurl.com/CAORVplan. Our growing frustration and anger is directed not only toward abusive drivers of off-road vehicles but also toward the leaders of ORV organizations who will not speak out against this abusive behavior, and who indeed vilify or ban members of their organizations who speak out on behalf of environmental responsibility, or who show any signs of sympathy toward conservationists. A recent example of this is seen in the reaction of the leaders of the District 36 American Motorcycle Association (AMA) who were contacted by one of their long-time members and asked for help in pursuing the motorized culprits who vandalized the Sierra Mountain meadow mentioned earlier. The member posted the article about the meadow destruction on the local AMA forum with a call to action, citing this as an opportunity for the group to build some trust and credibility with land managers and the conservation community. Shortly thereafter the moderators of the AMA forum and the district leadership deleted his post and banned him from the forums. He received neither formal explanation nor response from the District 36 President. Our friend also contacted the Blue Ribbon Coalition, of which he is
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Imperial County News
by Terry Weiner
Hope for The New River The New River flows north from Mexico into Calexico, draining eventually into the Salton Sea. Until recently, the New River held the dubious distinction of being the most polluted river in the US. Documentaries have been made on the horrors of this sad river, into which raw sewage and chemical wastes have poured for years. The river reputedly has a nauseating stench. Clots of green froth clutter the river surface from time to time, and people who have the misfortune to fall into the river often sicken, and sometimes die. One of the solutions to assist the cleanup of the New River has been the creation of several wetlands along the length of the river in Imperial County. The wetlands filter the river, removing some of the contaminants. On July 15 the Calexico City Council laid the contractual groundwork for launching the “New River Improvement Project.” The funding of the New River Improvement Project is contingent upon the passage of State Assembly Member Manuel Perez’s Conservation Corner…
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bill, AB 1079, which would create the New River Improvement Project Account, allowing funds to be allocated to clean up the river. The bill has solid support in Imperial County. We’ll keep you posted on its progress in California’s legislature. Salton Basin Field Trips We had a successful first season of the Imperial County Salton Basin Living Laboratory Field Trip Program. Over the past 15 months, naturalist/ educator/writer Pat Flanagan, in consultation with San Diego Natural History Museum educator, Judy Ramirez and artist Callie Mack, composed and illustrated a two-book field trip curriculum focused entirely on the geologic, human, and natural history of the Salton Basin, extending from the Coachella Valley to the gulf of California. In January, they conducted an all-day workshop and field trip for the eight fourth through sixth grade “charter” teachers. These outstanding teachers then integrated their newly acquired curriculum materials with their existing science curriculum, and conducted student field trips. The teachers’ reports and their student reflections portray their deep pleasure in discovering new tools with which to appreciate their desert homes.
a member in good standing, with a similar request for them to post the article about the meadow damage. To date he has heard nothing from the leaders of that group as well. He still believes that this kind of reaction does not represent the broad OHV community and that there are many who hold the environment dear. We will believe that when the representatives of the offroaders begin to speak out against ruthless irresponsible behavior on off-road vehicles. A few years back I attended a forum moderated by the leaders of several OHV organizations. The topic of the forum was “improving the image of our sport.” The most effective way for them to improve their image is to improve their behavior! It is clear that large numbers of riders have not yet made this leap.
Although many off-roaders do respect the law, enough of them do not to cause tragic amounts of damage to our natural resources, public lands, and to the quality of life in rural communities. People in the off-road community and their leaders must speak out against abusive behavior, and sanction members who behave criminally. Until the major ORV groups actively assist us in promoting protective measures, and help bring rogue riders to justice, their image will continue to deteriorate. Please work with us to move the public and our legislators to support stronger national ORV legislation: legislation with teeth, which will include meaningful fines, drivers licenses for off-road vehicle drivers, tracking of violations with points against drivers street legal vehicle licenses and confiscation of off-road vehicles for multiple offenses.
Desert Cahuilla Update In 2007, the Anza-Borrego Foundation and Institute (ABFI) and the DPC hired a geological consultant to conduct aerial photography of the 15,000-acre Desert Cahuilla Prehistoric Area, adjacent to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. We obtained these high-resolution photos as baseline documentation of the effects of 30 years of unauthorized ORV use of the area, 4,000 acres of which had been purchased by the California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) in December 2006. In March 2009 our consultant shot a second round of aerial photographs, this time of only the northern section of this vast area. The rest was so heavily damaged by ORV travel by 2007 that it would be impossible to be able to discern new damage. Our contractor is comparing the two sets of photographs to gauge any increase in damage since 2007. DPC and ABFI conducted monitoring field trips to the Desert Cahuilla area this spring, documenting the creation of new ORV tracks and trails up soft pastel cliffs. We photographed plants and petrified wood crushed by tires. The Desert Cahuilla area is habitat for the peninsular bighorn sheep, harbors Native cultural sites such as foot trails and ancient fish traps, and hosts several rare plant species. There are large mesas covered with 10,000-year-old desert pavement. Our goal is to gather enough evidence of ongoing ORV damage to persuade the DPR that an interim closure, or restriction of ORVs to washes only, is needed to protect these precious natural and cultural resources during the public management planning process. The DPC and the Center for Biological Diversity signed a stipulated settlement agreement with the DPR in 2007 that stated DPR would take specific measures to protect the Desert Cahuilla Area prior to the EIR process. The DPR has failed to abide by the terms of the settlement, though it still has time to act to prevent further ORV damage. Air Quality Imperial County has some of the highest rates of childhood asthma in California, with nearly a third of county school children suffering from the disease. Imperial
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Interior fast-tracks solar on public lands
he Department of the Interior announced in late June that 676,048 acres of public lands — 24 tracts in five Western States — are being fast-tracked for development by the solar electrical generation industry. The tracts, called Solar Energy Study There are four tracts in the California areas, will be scrutinized to see whether it desert: the Pisgah between Newberry is feasible to build large-scale power plants Springs and Ludlow, the massive East Rivof three square miles or more in area on erside tract running from Blythe to Desert the lands. Center, the Iron Mountain tract near Rice In a press release issued by the DoI, and surrounding Danby Lake, and ImpeInterior Secretary Ken Salazar said: rial, which runs from I-8 to the Mexican “President Obama’s comprehensive border south of Holtville. The west end of energy strategy calls for rapid development the East Riverside tract abuts the boundarof renewable energy, especially on America’s ies of Joshua Tree National Park. The Eagle public lands. This environmentally sensitive Mountain area, long beset by destructive plan will identify appropriate Interior-man- projects ranging from hydroelectric power aged lands that have excellent solar energy generation to a proposed landfill for Los potential and limited conflicts with wildlife, Angeles’ trash, is some of the “non-senother natural resources or land users.” sitive” land there being eyed for solar The press release also claims that development. Only lands with excellent solar resources, The Iron Mountain tract overlies the suitable slope, proximity to roads and southern part of the Cadiz aquifer, which transmission lines or designated corridors, is critically important to wildlife in the and containing at least 2,000 acres of BLMranges just north of Joshua Tree, including administered public lands were considered desert bighorn sheep. The tract is a crucial for solar energy study areas. Sensitive lands, link in the wildlife corridor between JTNP wilderness and other high-conservationand the Mojave Preserve, and it lies within value lands as well as lands with conflicting the southern end of Ward Valley, sacred uses were excluded. land to the Mojave people and excellent habitat for the desert tortoise. Imperial News…
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The eastern end of the East Riverside tract includes a portion of the ironwood bosques near the Palen and McCoy ranges. (Ironwood, Olneya tesota, is of sufficient ecological significance that President Bill Clinton established the Ironwood Forest National Monument to protect an important part of the plant’s range near Tucson.) The Amargosa Valley tract in Nevada, if developed with concentrating solar, would endure draw-down of an already overdrafted aquifer. This would threaten the endangered Devil’s Hole pupfish. Arizona’s Bullard Wash tract sits atop the one place in the world where Joshua trees and saguaros grow intermingled. It is an area of immense conservation value, likely the last best source of heat-tolerant gene stock of both Joshua trees and their symbiotic yucca moths (in a time when extinction of the tree due to climate change is much-discussed) and a world-class desert landscape without parallel. Public comment on the sites is being accepted until mid-September. It remains to be seen whether Interior will pay heed to the abundant opposition to industrial energy development of many of the sites. The DPC will be keeping you updated on the process as it moves forward.
County has been in violation of state and federal standards for small particulate pollution and ozone for years. About five years ago, California EPA ordered Imperial County Air Pollution Control District to come up with a plan to address their impaired air quality. The County has been working on their State Implementation Plan (SIP) for a couple of years. In June, I submitted comments on behalf of the DPC on the County’s final draft of their SIP. The county has crafted a number of regulations to address their biggest source of particulate pollution, dust from dirt roads, of which there are many in the huge agricultural zone. There are only six air monitoring stations in Imperial County, all near population centers, so pollution caused by ORVs on public lands is not measured. Another weakness of the County’s implementation plan is that the County has
no jurisdiction over air pollution sources south of the border. Air quality in the very populous border town of Calexico is some of the worst in the county. The Calexico air monitoring station has tracked the pollution from Mexicali. Fortunately, a cross-border governmental environmental working group meets regularly to discuss cross-border pollution. For updates on the County’s SIP, visit the ICAPCD website at www.imperialcounty.net under “Air Pollution Control.” Wind Zero Update It’s been a while since I’ve brought you an update on the proposed Wind Zero Law Enforcement Training Center/Coyote Wells Race Resort. This project involves about 2,000 acres of private land on the east side of Ocotillo at the base of the Jacumba Mountains. The project is adjacent to residential development and surrounded by public land, including the Coyote Mts and
Jacumba Mts. wilderness areas, and AnzaBorrego Desert State Park. The scope of the project boggles the mind. It is incompatible with the community plan for the residential community of Ocotillo/Nomirage. Some of the proposed amenities include a 6.1-mile World Class Grand Prix track billed as the largest road course in North America, a private air strip and heliport, member garages and hangars, track side condos and fuel services. The other part of this project involves a “training center” for law enforcement with indoor and outdoor shooting ranges. The project would be a gated community with guard towers. This Draft Environmental Impact Report for this project will be available to the public for a 50-day comment period starting by or before August 1, according to Imperial County Planner David Black. Please contact the Imperial County Development Services Department and
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Record Bighorn Count in AnzaBorrego Desert State Park
nza-Borrego Desert State Park’s 39th annual bighorn sheep count broke all records, according to longtime park ranger Mark C. Jorgenson. Heading out into 18 remote locations in the park’s backcountry on July 3, 4, and 5 — braving 108° temperatures — volunteer census-takers counted a total of 354 sheep, breaking the previous record of 299. Sheep counters recorded 188 ewes and 72 rams, 57 lambs and 37 yearlings. The count, undertaken with the financial support of the Anza-Borrego Foundation, provides an invaluable barometer of the health of the park’s bighorn population. BLM Budget Issues According to the Imperial Valley Press, the BLM may have found a way to pay for trash removal from the Imperial Sand Dunes for the 2009-2010 season, assuming that no changes are made to the bureau’s pending budget by the Senate. A combination of state and federal funds will be earmarked for the purpose. Imperial News…
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Bighorn ram in foothills near Palm Springs. Photo by Florian Boyd.
The BLM ended trash pickup at the dunes in February, removing a number of dumpsters it had placed at various gathering locations throughout the dunes, including Gecko Road, Glamis, Dunebuggy Flats, Buttercup, Midway Wells and near the Plank Road. The agency said then that it would be asking visitors to the dunes to haul out whatever trash they hauled in. Imperial County ended up contracting with a private firm to haul trash awayfrom the dunes. Environmentalists have pointed out that OHV areas with available dumpsters seem to generate more litter than areas with no trash disposal options, and
that funds spent on trash pickup could go to fund other OHV area pursuits such as law enforcement and habitat restoration. In related news, the BLM California Desert District will receive about $8.3 million in grants from California’s OffHighway Motor Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Program. The BLM says $3.2 million of the grants will fund operation and maintenance of designated routes. Another $1.3 million is budgeted for use to ensure protection of visitors at OHV recreation areas and to enforce resource protection law.
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ask for a copy of the Draft EIR and request to be placed on the mailing list for all documents and notices of meetings related to this project. http://www.co.imperial. ca.us/planning/. To view a Wind Zero promotional video and read about the founders of the project, go to http://www. cwraceresort.com/ Clean Air Initiative I’ve been appointed to the steering committee of the Imperial County Clean Air Initiative (CAI), a non-profit organization made up of representatives from local government, health, media, education and community organizations from Imperial County and Mexicali. CAI is funded by the California Endowment and coordinated by the American Lung Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties. CAI’s purpose is to educate citizens and
policy makers about the health effects of air pollution. CAI distributing information about Imperial County air quality, trains promatoras to engage citizens on air quality and health concerns, advocates for reduction of air pollution sources on both sides of the border, and engaging in public policy on issues ranging from agricultural burning, diesel emissions, border power plants, and pesticide use to cleaner alternative practices. CAI’s recent outreach efforts have encouraged parents to turn off their car engines while waiting outside schools to pick up their children. I am honored to participate in CAI’s important work. Citizens who are healthy and feel good will have more energy to participate in their communities, including supporting the work of the DPC in Imperial County. New CWC organizer Catherine Nicklen is very excited to be back in the Imperial Valley working as
an organizer for the California Wilderness Coalition after recently receiving her undergraduate degree from the UC Berkeley in Latin American Studies. She hopes to put her experience managing service-learning programs for the past two years to good use, and looks forward to expanding on the work that has already been done in the area. She’s passionate about making environmental protection inclusive and relevant to all, regardless of age, race or socio-economic status, as she believes that only then will our efforts be truly successful!
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ne of our very long-time DPC members, Dan L. Fischer, recently honored us with a copy of his book: Early Southwest Ornithologists, 1528-1900. I recommend this book! In addition to describing the explorations of some of the earliest explorers and naturalists who visited the area, this text reveals the wonderful variety of avian species in the region and their relationship with human history. The book features a comprehensive bibliography illustrations and maps that portray the march of explorers westward. Dan
has traveled the southwest for 50 years, photographing birds and retracing the journeys of early naturalists. His photographs have been published in numerous periodicals and books. This past spring, Dan moved from his home in the Chiricahua Mountains to Tucson and invites DPC members who visit the area to look him up and pay him a visit.
Save the date On Saturday October 24, DPC will be cosponsoring an Archaeology Symposium and Barbecue at the Ocotillo California Desert Museum honoring Jay Von Werlhof and his nearly forty years of anthropological contributions in California’s deserts. Archaeologist Russell Kaldenberg of ASM Affiliates is in charge of the program and recruitment of speakers. The Desert Protective Council and the Imperial Valley College Desert Museum Society will be working together on the menu and facility set-up and odds’n’ends. Please save the date!
An Uncertain Future for the Soda Mountains
Your Help Needed!
he future of the Soda Mountains Wilderness Study Area (WSA) is uncertain. While many groups are advocating that this scenic and ecologically important area become wilderness, there has been pressure from politicians to “release” all or part of it from any kind of protective status. Releasing even part of this WSA would further fragment
desert tortoise habitat and put the rich archaeological and cultural resources of the Cronese Lakes Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) at risk of being degraded and destroyed from OHV intrusions and development. Act Now! Please write to your representatives today and urge full wilderness protection for ALL of the Soda Mountains WSA. Address your letter to these key legislators:
Senator Dianne Feinstein US Senate Rep. Buck McKeon US House of Representatives Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt San Bernardino County Sample message: I am writing to urge you to support legislation that designates new wilderness areas in the California desert, including the entire Soda Mountains WSA. By designating the Soda Mountains as wilderness, it will protect both critical habitat for the federally and state threatened desert tortoise and the archaeological and cultural resources of the Cronese Lakes ACEC. I have visited/would like to visit the Soda Mountains and am concerned that without wilderness protection, there will be increased OHV incursions and development degrading this special wild place. [Please personalize this message by adding in your own comments here.] Thank you, Your Name Your Address (Your address is very important to elected officials) Please email your letter to us lwilliams@ calwild.org so that we can hand deliver it and make sure your voice is heard. For more information on the Soda Mountains WSA, please visit the California Wilderness Coalition’s web site at www. calwild.org
The Soda Mountains, between Barstow and Baker. LCGS Russ photo
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The California Desert District includes 67 wilderness areas, all of them closed to OHV use. However, 1,400 trails cross the boundaries of those wildernesses, encouraging OHV trespass. The BLM will employ signing; preparation and distribution of updated maps; education and outreach; fence, barricade and vertical mulch installation; and law enforcement presence as part of its restoration efforts.
Save The Date!
55th Annual Membership Meeting Sunday November 8, 2009 11AM– 4PM. Meet DPC Board, staff, and your fellow members at the beautiful Whitewater Canyon Preserve, 2,851 acres surrounded by the BLM’s San Gorgonio Wilderness, a crucial transition-zone wildlife corridor between the San Jacinto and San Bernardino mountains. Lunch will be provided by DPC. We’ll send all our members postcards with details and directions soon.
embership in the Desert Protective Council is the best way to support our desert conservation and education goals. Just fill out the form below and mail it in with your check, whether it’s for a new membership, a renewal, or a special donation. Your support ensures that DPC will remain a strong voice for conservation in all of our deserts. Much of our current activity is based on projects in Imperial County, as required by the settlement of the Mesquite lawsuit. But these funds cannot be used for many general operating expenses or for our many projects and issues in other parts of the desert, including the Big Solar onslaught that is now threatening so many desert habitats. That’s why your support is so important!
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El Paisano #205 Summer 2009
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This is the time of year when summer monsoons appear, often loosing brief but violent rainstorms across the desert. Ocotillos such as this one put out new leaves in response to rainfall. A few days after a monsoon you can often trace its path across the desert by following the line of newly-green ocotillos. Photo by Florian Boyd.
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