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...

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...

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...

  Hide and Seek River The Amargosa River is over 175 miles long and often is called the “hide and seek” river because of its inclination to travel underground, occasionally resurfacing to create lush oases surrounded by a harsh dry desert environment. Theses oases are isolated from one another, and, as a result, each one provides unique habitats for species that are...

Independence, CA On Wednesday, the Inyo County Planning Commission voted 5-0 in favor of a recommendation on the Renewable Energy General Plan Amendment (REGPA) which would drastically reduce the footprint of utility-scale solar energy across the landscape. The Commission recommended limiting solar development in Inyo County to facilities of less than 20 MW, just a small fraction of the size of industrial-scale facilities currently in...

[caption id="attachment_327" align="alignleft" width="300"] Looking across the Silurian Valley. The Avawatz Mountains and Salt Creek as viewed from the recently denied solar project site.[/caption] The Silurian Valley, a vast expanse of creosote scrub and sand dunes surrounded by rugged mountain ranges, has become a flashpoint in the debate about utility-scale solar in the California desert. Spanish energy giant Iberdrola proposed a...