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 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...

[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...

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...