Desert Survivors near the "Hands Cave" during the May 2015 backpack in the Ventana Wilderness, Monterey County. This outcropping of wind eroded sandstone was
a special place for ancient Americans. In nearby caves Indians
painted hundreds of pictographs of human hands. Their
significance is unknown to modern researchers. An archaeological
survey of the site found thousands of bones from salt water
fishes––food carried to the site from Big Sur about twenty miles
away. Desert Survivors backpacking trips will take you to
fascinating anthropological sites in the North American deserts.
Become a member and join us on these journeys. Photo: N. Blake
& UPCOMING EVENTS
THE CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY WITH DESERT SURVIVORS AND OTHER
GROUPS CONVINCE THE BLM TO WITHDRAW APPROVAL OF EXPLORATORY DRILLING
FOR A GOLD MINE IN LAST CHANCE CANYON, KERN COUNTY
to environmental groups’ request for review, the California director of
the Bureau of Land Management has overturned the agency’s approval for
plans to develop the Dragonfly Placer gold mine in the Mojave Desert.
In reversing the
Ridgecrest Field Office’s decision to allow the mine, Jim Kenna agreed
with conservationists that impacts of the mine exploration proposal
were not adequately addressed. The proposed mining would harm
biologically and culturally important areas in the
El Paso Mountains, including rare wildlife in Red Rock Canyon State
Park and the Last Chance Canyon Area of Critical Environmental Concern,
which was established to protect significant cultural sites.
To learn more CLICK HERE for the Center For Biological Diversity press release.
SUMMER 2015 TRIP SCHEDULE IS HERE!
Summer has the highest temperatures of the year and most southern and
low-elevation deserts are too hot for safe or comfortable
visiting. The high elevations are surprisingly temperate this
time of year and Desert Survivors beats the heat by sponsors trips to
desert mountain regions. We have car camping trips with day hikes
to the tops of King Lear Peak, NV, White Mountain and Telescope Peaks
in California. In August Dave Oline will lead a trip into
Nevada's newest wilderness area: The Wovoka. In September we are
sponsoring car camps to The Mojave National Preserve and Gold Butte in
Nevada. We also celebrate the long days and warm weather of the
season at our annual summer picnic at the Marta Perry family
ranch near Castro Valley, CA. Join us for the fun at all
of these events. Please go to the TRIPS PAGE for more info.
Minutes of Desert Survivors Board of Directors meetings available on line.
You can now read the Desert Survivors Board of Directors meetings minutes in pdf format by going to the DOCUMENTS PAGE.
Please check back to this website for any additional
Desert Survivors trips and events that may be added to our schedule.
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