SPRING IS WILDFLOWER SEASON IN THE DESERT. While
most of California is in the fourth year of a severe drought, the
deserts in the southern part of the state received good rainfall this
winter. With that come the wildflowers. As of early-March
2015 there are good blooms in Imperial County and Anza-Borrego.
This exceptional flowering will move northward in the following weeks
and months. CLICK HERE
for a peak blooming guide. These beautiful photos were taken by
Desert Survivors trip leader Bob Davis on his excursions to the Mojave
over the past few years. Desert Survivors will take you to
beautiful and intriguing places in the desert. Become a member
and join us on our wilderness adventures. Photos: Bob
Davis - riskingtoofar.com
& UPCOMING EVENTS
Desert Survivors take to the streets of to urge Governor Brown
to ban hydraulic-fracturing in California.
Desert Survivors participated in the February 7, 2015, “March for Real
Climate Leadership” held in Oakland, CA. While the demonstration was
organized to pressure California’s Governor Jerry Brown to ban fracking
within the state, Desert Survivors was there to keep the specter of
habitat destruction in the public’s eyes and ears as our economy weans
itself off fossil fuels and toward alternate sources of
energy––specifically solar and wind.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) severely criticizes
the California Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan.
On February 23, 2015 the state and federal agencies that are drafting
the zoning plan for the California deserts renewable energy development
(DRECP) close the period for public comment on the plan. Over
12,000 people and organizations submitted comments. Foremost was
the response from the EPA which criticized the DRECP on a number of key
- The plan is lacking in its examination of potential impacts to air and water, wildlife, and public health in the desert.
DRECP's assumptions about the amount of renewable energy desert
communities will need to provide the rest of the state are outdated,
inflated, and in need of revision.
Any desert energy development should be focused on lands the EPA has already identified as disturbed or contaminated.
Not enough attention to the DRECP's effect on desert watercourses such as the Amargosa River.
The DRECP should examine whether large renewable energy installations
in the plan area should be treated as large stationary sources of air
pollution similar to coal-fired plants under the Clean Air Act.
The EPA offers straightforward suggestions as to how the risk to birds
from renewables development in the desert should be addressed in the
The explosive growth in rooftop solar, along with improvements in power
storage, make distributed generation more and more feasible as a way of
meeting much of California's power habit, lessening the need for
remote, utility-scale renewables in the desert.
Survivors has long fought industrial-scale wind and solar projects in
untouched California desert lands. We champion rooftop
solar. It looks as though the EPA is also seeing things our way.
To learn more please go to THIS ARTICLE
by Chris Clarke for KCET.
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.
THE SPRING 2015 TRIPS SCHEDULE IS HERE!
This spring Desert Survivors is sponsoring a wide variety of trips and
events. There is a backpack
the Ventana Wilderness to the "Hands Cave" where ancient people left
pictographic images of their hands on the rock. Our car camps
include excursions to
Anza-Borrego, Death Valley, and an archeological dig in the Eastern
In early-June members will attempt to summit King Lear Peak in
Nevada. Of course, we will celebrate Earth Day in April and there will be a sumer picnic in Castro Valley. For more
information on these and other events please go to the TRIPS PAGE.
Please check back to this website for any additional
Desert Survivors trips and events
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