NATIONAL PARKS: PAST PROGRESS, NEW CHALLENGES

The 40th Anniversary of the State of the Parks Report by Jon Jarvis, National Parks Director 2009−2017 Forty years ago, in May of 1980, the National Park Service (NPS) released a report to Congress that, for the first time, quantified the threats to the 326 units of the National Park System. The findings identified significant … Continue reading NATIONAL PARKS: PAST PROGRESS, NEW CHALLENGES

HIGH NOON ON THE MUDDY RIVER

Unsustainable Groundwater Extraction in Southern Nevada  by Patrick Donnelly The remote basins of the northern Mojave Desert and southern Great Basin are quite arid, but they also harbor remarkable aquatic biological diversity at isolated springs – oases in one of the driest places on earth. These springs, marshes, wetlands, creeks, and other surface water features … Continue reading HIGH NOON ON THE MUDDY RIVER

URBAN WILDERNESS COLLISION

            A Highway through Utah’s Red Cliffs National Conservation Area by Tom Butine, Board President, Conserve Southwest Utah Background Map 1. Location The Red Cliffs National Conservation Area (NCA), located in Washington County, Utah, was established in 2009 to conserve, protect and enhance threatened and endangered species that live there, as well as other congressionally-designated … Continue reading URBAN WILDERNESS COLLISION

AN INTERVIEW WITH MATT KINGSLEY, INYO COUNTY SUPERVISOR

A balancing act amidst conflicting interests by Birgitta Jansen | Matt Kingsley, stocky of build and easy in presence, has a demanding job encompassing a wide variety of tasks and balancing many conflicting interests. But it suits him. Matt was born and raised in a Mennonite Community in Indiana, the second youngest in a family … Continue reading AN INTERVIEW WITH MATT KINGSLEY, INYO COUNTY SUPERVISOR

An Interview with Superintendent Mike Reynolds on Challenges for Death Valley National Park

By Birgitta Jansen | Most people who have ever met Mike Reynolds in person, know that his favorite activity in Death Valley is hiking. Anyone who has ever gone out hiking with Mike has come to realize that his tall and loosely structured body lopes along at speeds rarely matched by others. Terrain so rugged … Continue reading An Interview with Superintendent Mike Reynolds on Challenges for Death Valley National Park

In The Military Crosshairs – Nevada’s Desert National Wildlife Refuge

By Patrick Donnelly   |  Native American nations, Nevadans, and public lands lovers across the country are in opposition to the proposed land seizure by the U.S. Air Force of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge. With newly introduced legislation pending, it appears the multi-year campaign to save the Desert Refuge is headed for a showdown.  But … Continue reading In The Military Crosshairs – Nevada’s Desert National Wildlife Refuge