DESERT ACTIVIST ZOOM MEETING(S) FALL 2021
Although no in-person meetings of the Desert Committee are currently scheduled, there will be two zoom meetings to present and discuss issues in the California and Nevada Deserts on Saturday, October 23 and Saturday October 30. (Each will run from 2 PM to 4PM, Pacific Time.) The agendas for each and the sign-in information can be found in this site by going to the “Activities” navigation button and then selecting “Meetings”.
The Jackrabbit reading series
Poetry in the Desert on October 16th, 2021 @3pm
Reading * campout * art party
Poets, writers, singers, musicians, performers:
We are looking for readers for our October literary event near the Yellow Pine Solar site in the south Pahrump valley. Please email Shannon.email@example.com to volunteer and for more info.
This is also:
The official kickoff for an ongoing vigil and camp in the south Pahrump valley as Nextera Energy begins “moving ground” on the 4.5 square mile Yellow Pine Solar project. They will destroy 93,000 Mojave Yucca and have already displaced 139 tortoises (26 of which were promptly eaten by badgers). All are welcome to join the encampment. Three even larger projects are proposed nearby, along with hundreds of square miles around Nevada. *New website coming soon for updates and blog:
Where: Near the Yellow Pine Solar site, off of Tecopa Rd. From Las Vegas, take Blue Diamond Rd/HWY 160 towards Pahrump and turn left on Tecopa Rd. Look for our flags! This event is outdoors on public land. There is no running water or facilities, although there will be a primitive camping toilet available. If you are coming from Las Vegas, Mountain Springs Saloon is a great place to stop for lunch.
Event Schedule: Gather at 3 pm on October 16th. Reading begins at 4. Campfire to follow. Food and Drinks!
Staying Overnight: Bring your own gear and camp with us! The Shoshone Inn and Tecopa Hot Springs Motel are about 30 miles away, bordering Death Valley. The Pahrump Nugget is only a few miles down the road. There are also cabins for rent at the Pahrump Preferred RV Resort.
What to bring: Warm clothing, tennis shoes or hiking shoes. Water and extra food/drinks
For more Info:
Check out the video series “Desert Apocalypse” by local filmmaker Justin Mcaffee: https://desertapocalypse.com/
Go to www.BasinandRangeWatch.org for info about utility scale energy development in the Mojave Desert
See the Facebook Event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/3024426277878654/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%2252%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22share_link%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22share_link%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A%7B%5C%22invite_link_id%5C%22%3A237270785008050%7D%7D]%22%7D
ENTRANCE FREE DAYS IN THE NATIONAL PARKS
August 4, 2021, was a free entrance day at Death Valley National Park, and other National Park Service sites around the country. This was a celebration of the one-year anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act, which provides substantial funding for maintenance of critical infrastructure in national parks and other public lands. The NationalPark Service has announced that August 4th will continue as an free entrance day in future years - view at: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/legal/great-american-outdoors-act.htm
Other upcoming free entrance days this autumn are:
August 25 – National Park Service’s 105th birthday
September 25 – National Public Lands Day
November 11 – Veterans Day
Acquisitions bolster Sand to Snow National Monument Wildlife Crossing Hopes
Morongo Valley – The Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT) has acquired a 43-acre parcel within Sand to Snow National Monument. The parcel’s proximity to Highway 62 gives further impetus to future plans for wildlife crossings over this treacherous road.
The new acquisition of 43 acres lies within the national monument (see map) and is in close proximity to MDLT’s highway-fronting lands. Sand to Snow National Monument was designated by President Barack Obama in 2016. In establishing the monument, the President aimed to “permanently protect key wildlife corridors and provide plants and animals with the space and elevation range that they will need in order to adapt to the impacts of climate change”. MDLT actively acquires land within wildlife corridors to connect protected areas, which in turn helps maintain healthy wildlife populations. To date, MDLT has acquired 7,338 acres within the Morongo Basin habitat linkages between Joshua Tree National Park, Sand to Snow National Monument, and the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in 29 Palms.