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Mountain snowpack: A lifeline to the Amargosa

Mountain snowpack: A lifeline to the Amargosa

By AC Member Laura Dye A considerable body of scientific work highlights how climate change alters our landscapes. And while it is important to note the changes within the bounds of the Amargosa River Basin itself – warming temperatures, shifts in vegetation...

Warm Weather Hiking: When to go, what to bring

Warm Weather Hiking: When to go, what to bring

Temperatures are on the rise in the Amargosa Basin, which means it's a good time to reevaluate your approach to warm weather hiking. First, to be completely clear: May, June, July and August tend to be extreme in the Amargosa Basin. Temperatures regularly exceed 115...

2020 Amargosa State of the Basin Report

2020 Amargosa State of the Basin Report

This 2020 State of the Basin Report (SOBR) was prepared by Partner Engineering and Science, Inc. (Partner) on behalf of the Amargosa Conservancy (AC) as part of a much larger effort that is being conducted between AC, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), U.S. Bureau of Land...

Bill Christian, A Remembrance

Bill Christian, A Remembrance

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Bill Christian, co-founder of the Amargosa Conservancy and beloved leader in Amargosa Basin conservation.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund

One of the most important public parks programs — the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) — is getting closer to its expiration date on September 30. Join us in demanding a vote on legislation to permanently reauthorize LWCF before the September expiration deadline.

Alerta: defiende el DRECP

La Administración de Trump ha establecido el DRECP como su último objetivo: socavando el proceso público, ocho años de colaboración y compromiso, y amenazando nuestras tierras públicas. El DRECP - Plan de Conservación y Energía Renovable del Desierto - está destinado...

Notice: Defend the DRECP!

The DRECP is a land use plan designed to allow renewable energy development on least conflict public lands, and balance that with conservation and recreation on public land – uses that are critically important to Desert communities and their economies.  

Afton Canyon Conservation Campout

Staff from the Amargosa Conservancy, BLM, Sierra Club, and Leave No Trace completed final preparations for the arrival of the campers. Joining us in this camp were the Junior Rangers, conservationists in training from Barstow, ranging from ages 8-13 and Two family groups representing the Council of Mexican Federations (COFEM)

Stewardship On the Desert Conservation Lands Retrospective: Saving the Amargosa Vole

Stewardship On the Desert Conservation Lands Retrospective: Saving the Amargosa Vole

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. To celebrate, we are highlighting the decade-long partnership between the Amargosa Conservancy and the BLM to engage in stewardship on these lands

Stewardship on the Desert Conservation Lands Retrospective: Hydrologic Monitoring

Stewardship on the Desert Conservation Lands Retrospective: Hydrologic Monitoring

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. To celebrate, we are highlighting the decade-long partnership between the Amargosa Conservancy and the BLM to engage in stewardship on these lands

Stewardship on the Desert Conservation Lands Retrospective: The Amargosa River Trail

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. To celebrate, we are highlighting the decade-long partnership between the Amargosa Conservancy and the BLM to engage in stewardship on these lands

Stewardship on the Desert Conservation Lands Retrospective: Tamarisk Removal

Stewardship on the Desert Conservation Lands Retrospective: Tamarisk Removal

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. To celebrate, we are highlighting the decade-long partnership between the Amargosa Conservancy and the BLM to engage in stewardship on these lands

Motor Vehicle Musings

Motor Vehicle Musings

The Conservancy has been strategizing with the BLM to restore the damaged areas off-route and provide post and cable barriers to prevent future incursions, as well as place interpretative signs and maps so recreators know where they are and how they can play a part in making sure the next generation has access to the same opportunities we have now.

Wildflower Update 2

Wildflower Update 2

Sadly, last weekend we had to cancel our planned wildflower walk. However, all the rain increases the likelihood that we will see a grand flower display all spring!

Visit the Amargosa Basin – Crown Jewel in the Mojave Desert

Visit the Amargosa Basin – Crown Jewel in the Mojave Desert

The Amargosa River is over 175 miles long 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 found nowhere else in the world except along this desert river.

The Silurian Valley Spared – But will it be Conserved?

The Silurian Valley Spared – But will it be Conserved?

Spanish energy giant Iberdrola proposed a massive solar facility in the Valley. The Bureau of Land Management Barstow Field Office denied Iberdrola’s application, stating that the potential impacts of the project to wildlife, historical resources, and recreational and scenic values, “likely could not be mitigated,” and ultimately deciding that, “the project would not be in the public interest.”

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