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...

For Immediate Release: October 13, 2015 Contact: Patrick Donnelly, Executive Director. 760.852.4339 or patrick@amargosaconservancy.org   SOUTHERN INYO COUNTY COMMUNITY MEMBERS TRAVEL TO WHITEWATER PRESERVE IN SUPPORT OF NATIONAL MONUMENTS   (Shoshone, CA) – Ten residents of Southern Inyo County are making the 250 mile one-way journey to Whitewater Preserve near Palm Springs, California, to participate in a listening session with Senator Dianne Feinstein, Obama administration officials, and other...

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...