[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][qode_advanced_call_to_action enable_gradient_animation="no" icon_pack="font_awesome" icon="fa-pencil" cta_text="Prepare your own comments and submit to the BLM by Thursday, March 22nd." cta_link="desertlands.org/action"][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE DESERT RENEWABLE ENERGY CONSERVATION PLAN (DRECP)   THE HISTORY The DRECP is a land use plan designed to allow renewable energy development on least conflict public lands, and balance that with conservation and...

The Trump Administration has set the DRECP as its latest target - undermining the public process, eight years of collaboration and compromise, and threatening our public lands. [vc_separator type='transparent' position='center' color='' thickness='' up='' down='']The DRECP - Desert Renewable Energy and Conservation Plan - is meant to be the primary planning document for managing land use in the California Desert. It was...

After a few hectic weeks, the Amargosa Conservancy interns are getting back to their normal routine. We spent most of this week back at Sperry Wash, where we eliminated several incursions (tracks in areas where there should be no off-route travel) and also braved some vicious sandstorms. Since Rhyan and Alison were at the Afton Canyon outreach event last Sunday (see...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]- By Alison Cercy On a weekend in March, we welcomed the Great Old Broads for Wilderness to our restoration worksites in Sperry Wash. The worksites were planned out, all of our tools were packed and sorted, the temperature had increased a solid ten degrees, and we were eager to meet the Broads and...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]-By Rhyan Schicker The morning of Saturday, March 25th, the campground in Afton Canyon Natural Area was full of excitement. [vc_separator type='transparent' position='center' color='' thickness=2' up='' down='']Staff from the Amargosa Conservancy, BLM, Sierra Club, and Leave No Trace completed final preparations for the arrival of the campers. We were hosting a weekend of camping...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Rhyan Schicker When I first heard the description of the vertical mulching process, I must admit I was skeptical. A few weeks ago we listened to Celia as she described the process; decompressing the soil, collecting dead parts of live bushes, putting them in a hole, filling the hole with rocks and soil...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] As they days lengthen in the Amargosa Basin, some spring flowers are starting their show. While it's not the great super-bloom of last year, for those willing to go explore there are plenty of treasures to find out there! Some of our favorite places to go searching for flowers include Sperry Wash , the Ibex...

Below is an excerpt from the DRECP Record of Decision - Appendix A. The entire Record of Decision can be found here, but it is a long document and maybe not something that you would think would be interesting. Yet the section regarding the Amargosa is a nice summary of the many reasons that this is a special place. Therefore, we...

In partnership with the Hispanic Access Foundation, the Amargosa Conservancy has been leading trips to Afton Canyon, in the new Mojave Trails National Monument. Many groups throughout the California desert are trying to provide information and access to the beautiful lands that belong to all citizens of United States. On National Public Lands Day [always the last Saturday in September, so this...