A Living Reflection of the Past, A Monument for the Future by Rick Spilsbury, Ely Shoshone Tribal Elder I am a direct descendant of a Newe survivor who witnessed a genocidal-like massacres at Bahsahwahbee1 - and its aftermath. What became a killing field was once our temple. Rick Spilsbury, an Ely Shoshone tribal elder, who … Continue reading Bahsahwahbee

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?

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