[vc_row 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" padding_bottom="40" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]In coming weeks, we expect the Bureau of Land Management to finalize the Desert Renewable Energy and Conservation Plan (DRECP), in which the public lands of the Amargosa Basin are likely to be designated at California Desert Conservation Lands. Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting the decade-long partnership between...

An exciting project that is just beginning is a restoration grant provided by the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division Grants Program. It is with great pride that the Conservancy can claim a vigorously active role in getting a section of the Amargosa River designated as Wild and Scenic. But good work begets more good work and now...

“What’s a vole?” Is a question I have been hearing a lot from folks not intimately acquainted with the corner of the world where the Amargosa vole (Microtus californicus) is a star. I tell them it’s a small rodent that happens to be the most endangered mammal in the United States. Since 2010 people have been working constantly to better understand the...

From our not-so-forgotten corner of the Mojave desert: Two of our major areas of work were featured in a series on climate change produced by the Desert Sun and distributed via USA Today! [caption id="attachment_1651" align="aligncenter" width="499"] Our beloved vole featured among species threatened by changing climate.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_1654" align="aligncenter" width="493"] Mapping and collecting data on springs and water flow across the Mojave and...

In late November of 2015 our Student Conservation Association AmeriCorps intern Abby Mattson set about planning a greenhouse nursery in which to grow native three square bulrush (Schoenoplectus americanus). In the long run, this cultivated bulrush would be used in habitat restoration for the endangered Amargosa vole (Microtus californicus scirpensis), which absolutely relies on this native plant as its food...

Located in northeastern San Bernadino county in Eastern California, the Kingston Range and Wilderness partially drain into the Amargosa Basin. The 7000+ ft peaks rise in the distance to the southeast of Shoshone and Tecopa. Though there are many ways to access the Kingstons, we approached from Tecopa, past the turnoff to China Ranch and continuing up into the California Valley...

Some might believe this is just a blown and barren land, but the Amargosa River has created an oasis in the desert. My workdays here in the Mojave Desert revolve around water: I spend every day outside and my work week starts and ends in muck boots. As an AmeriCorps intern through the Student Conservation Association (SCA), my role at...

It felt a bit like the country mouse visiting his city cousins this week, as our Executive Director Patrick Donnelly ventured across the continent to Washington, D.C., to attend a celebratory reception at the Department of Interior for the new California Desert National Monuments. Senator Dianne Feinstein delivered impassioned remarks, commemorating the decades-long fight to protect desert landscapes, and Secretary...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]The Death Valley Superbloom continues! In the last couple weeks it has even expanded - growing further north in the valley, and extending further into the Shoshone side of the Amargosa Basin. With a little bit of hunting, the flower enthusiast can find many treats within the grand displays of gold. Our director, Patrick, went out with friends to search for...

February 11, 2016   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT:    Patrick Donnelly, Executive Director. patrick@amargosaconservancy.org; 760.428.8653   AMARGOSA CONSERVANCY APPLAUDS PRESIDENT OBAMA’S PLAN TO DESIGNATE CALIFORNIA DESERT NATIONAL MONUMENTS Historic Move Will Protect Public Lands for Wildlife, Historic Resources, Communities   Shoshone, CA - The Amargosa Conservancy joins residents and community leaders across the California desert today in celebrating the news that President Obama plans to designate three new national monuments...