Does Solar in the Desert Add Up?

The Desert's Natural Carbon Capacity vs Emission Savings from PV Solar Fields by Robin Kobaly, Executive Director,The SummerTree Institute In spite of its rapidly rising popularity, the California desert as an ecosystem remains poorly understood, underfunded, and misperceived. One of the most persistent mischaracterizations is that the California desert is a barren wasteland with low … Continue reading Does Solar in the Desert Add Up?

An Exciting New National Monument Proposal

Recognition and Protection for the California Desert by Linda Castro and Andrea Iniguez There's a new national monument campaign in the California Desert! On September 25, 2023, Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz announced that he introduced a bill that would designate a new national monument in his Congressional District - the Chuckwalla National Monument - and … Continue reading An Exciting New National Monument Proposal

Desert Bighorn Sheep Populations

Sheep Populations Increased Significantly Following Removal of Domestic Cattle by Jeff Aardahl, Senior CA Representative, Defenders of Wildlife Introduction Desert bighorn sheep occupy approximately 50 ranges in the Mojave Desert (Figure 1) with a total estimated population of 3,778 individuals, with populations in each range varying in size from less than 25 to 400. Most … Continue reading Desert Bighorn Sheep Populations

Illegal Grazing

Lawsuit Seeks Eviction of Cliven Bundy's Trespassing Cattle by Erik Molvar, Executive Director, Western Watersheds Project In the Mojave Desert northeast of Las Vegas, Gold Butte National Monument encompasses spectacular geologic features, ancient Indigenous sites, and fragile desert tortoise habitats. Here, infamous rancher Cliven Bundy has illegally grazed his livestock for the past three decades, … Continue reading Illegal Grazing

December 2023

In This Issue • Bahsahwahbee • Hurricane Hilary In The Desert • The Desert Blooms • Does Solar In The Desert Add Up? • The Lithium Gold Rush • Desert Bighorn Sheep Populations • Illegal Grazing • An Exciting New National Monument Proposal: Chuckwalla National Monument Download PDF (1.2 MB)