Babes Ride Out rolling (responsibly) into Joshua Tree today

Desert Sun October 19th, 2017 For the past three years, female motorcyclists have descended on Joshua Tree for the Babes Ride Out campout and group ride. The event draws thousands, and its largest gathering yet is happening Oct. 19-22 at Joshua Tree Lake Campground. “As our event grows, our responsibility grows,” wrote co-founders Ashmore Ellis…

Interior clears Calif. project with friends in high places (E&E News)

E&E News October 17th, 2017 The Mojave Desert Land Trust, a conservation group, also criticized BLM. “This latest decision by the Department of the Interior makes clear that the federal government is intent on rolling back environmental protections on public lands in the California desert,” said Frazier Haney, the group’s conservation director. “It is clear…

Trump team nears decision on national monuments (Science Magazine)

Science Magazine August 18th, 2017 1:53 pm … Mojave Trails National Monument, California This 1.6-million-acre site in Southern California is the largest of a trio of monuments Obama set aside in the Mojave Desert in early 2016. Earlier this week, Zinke excused the 154,000-acre Sand to Snow National Monument from his review. Castle Mountains National…

Mining company wants Trump to shrink national monument to make more room for its gold mine (Desert Sun)

Desert Sun August 18th, 2017 12:10 pm …In addition to suggesting that Trump shrink Castle Mountains, Cook has also called for redrawing the boundaries of Mojave Trails National Monument to remove a vast southern portion that connects the monument to Joshua Tree National Park. Conservation groups criticized Cook’s efforts to eliminate parts of the monuments. Danielle Segura, executive…

Feds Declare Sand to Snow National Monument Safe (Public News Service)

Public News Service August 17th, 2017 …Danielle Segura, executive director of the Mojave Desert Land Trust, said she wants to see Mojave Trails protected. But she said its fate is in question because Zinke’s number two at the Department of the Interior is a former lobbyist for a company that wants to drain water from…