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KCRW Public Radio Spotlights Alliance Efforts

The Santa Monica, California, public radio station KCRW show “Which Way, L.A.?” featured Alliance for Desert Preservation board member Bob Howells in a broadcast yesterday regarding the impact of industrial-scale energy projects on the California desert. Click here to listen to the show. KCRW reporter Evan George toured the High Desert with Howells and Alliance spokesman John Zemanek and witnessed the devastation caused by even …

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VIDEO: Desert Advocates Speak Out at DRECP Meeting

More than 400 advocates for the High Mojave Desert gathered in Victorville on October 29, 2014, to inform the agencies behind the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) that they do not want to see the beautiful California desert become a dumping ground for industrial-scale renewable energy projects—projects that are not wanted and not needed. Some 55 speakers addressed the panel. Each offered a distinct …

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DRECP Public Comment Period Extended

Our voices have been heard, to a small extent: The DRECP agencies have extended the public comment period for the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP). Desert residents have asked for at least a 90-day extension in every DRECP public comment meeting. The extension is for just 45 days. Instead of a January 9, 2015, deadline, we now have until February 23 to file comments …

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Develop This, Says the DRECP

See this view from high in Juniper Flats? Now picture it with myriad 300-acre swaths of shimmering PV panels, industrial wind farms featuring 500-foot-tall wind turbines, and wide new roads blasted across the delicate desert soil. And imagine the whole scene crisscrossed by giant transmission towers and networks of 500kv transmission lines. That’s only if you can see anything through the dust kicked up from …

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Rock Climbing in Grapevine Canyon

Rock climbers may not flock to Juniper Flats like they do to Joshua Tree National Park, but those in the know, know. Granite formations like these, towering 60 to 80 feet high and featuring cracks, chimneys, and high-friction faces, stand high in the San Bernardino Mountains foothills in the upper elevations of Juniper Flats. A few curious climbers have spotted them from Highway 18 far …

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Endangered Species of the Week: Southwestern Willow Flycatcher

One in a series of articles spotlighting endangered, threatened, and species of special concern that would be endangered by industrial-scale energy projects in the High Mojave Desert. As you would imagine, the southwestern willow flycatcher’s main behavior is catching flies. With a wingspan of around eight inches, these mottled tan little ones can hover for their prey, and will build a new nest right on …

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JOIN THE CAMPAIGN TO PRESERVE JUNIPER FLATS 

The Alliance for Desert Preservation has announced a campaign to secure National Conservation Land status for Juniper Flats, a 100,000-acre area managed by the Bureau of Land Management, stretching along High Desert ridgelines from Lucerne Valley to Apple Valley, California. The recently released draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) proposes to designate a substantial portion of Juniper Flats as an Area of Environmental Concern …

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Cultural Treasures Slated for Destruction

Here’s a filmmaker’s take on giant energy projects targeting the Mojave Desert. Because these projects necessarily have to scrape bare hundreds, even thousands, of acres of fragile desert land, the Mojave, says Robert Lundahl, could become “a world-class sand-transport laboratory.” “Plants hold sand in place,” he reminds us, and “when plants are removed, ancient sands begin to travel.” He notes that the public agencies responsible …