Salton Sea – the Saga Continues

Current status? Complex, to say the least by Joan Taylor, Jenny Binstock Like the proverbial blind men and the elephant, the Salton Sea means many things to many people: a critical stopover on the Pacific Flyway threatened with collapse; environmental justice communities faced with escalating health hazards; a potential multimillion dollar international canal; and even … Continue reading Salton Sea – the Saga Continues

The Desert Tortoise in California

A General Conservation Plan by Ray Bransfield The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) listed the Mojave desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (Act) in 1990 due to habitat loss and fragmentation, excessive predation, and disease. Since then, the Service has been working to protect desert tortoises and their habitat and to recovering the … Continue reading The Desert Tortoise in California

Can the Jacumba Wilderness Be Saved?

Conflicting Priorities on the Mexican Border by Craig Deutsche On February 8, 2019, environmental laws, regulations, and other legal requirements were waived in order to construct barriers and roads to "secure" the Mexican border.1 Approximately a year later (March, 2020 construction of the border wall was initiated in Southern California's Jacumba Wilderness. The environmental damage … Continue reading Can the Jacumba Wilderness Be Saved?