2 New Proposed Monuments in the Mojave Desert

There could be 2 new desert monuments in the Mojave Desert if a proposed bill, the California Desert Protection Act of 2010 is passed.
Here is a little bit of info on how much land is out there and how much is needed for solar projects.

• 23 million acres of California Desert.
• 125,000 acres is needed for an ambitious solar power goal.
• There are 350,000 acres are being looked at by the BLM and are not affected by the Desert Protection Act of 2010.

Green Dilemma: Solar Power in the Mojave from Peter Rhalter on Vimeo.

The desert resembling a Hawaiin Island in the proposed Mojave Trails National Monument
The desert resembling a Hawaiin Island in proposed Mojave National Trails Monument

A large cinder cone in the proposed Mojave Trails National Monument
A large volcanic cinder cone in the proposed Mojave Trails National Monument

An old mining relic along Route 66 in the proposed Mojave Trails National Monument
An old mining relic along Route 66 in the proposed Mojave Trails National Monument

A map to the proposed areas.

More info can be found here on Diane Feinstein’s site and the campaign for the California Desert.

Please help protect the desert’s vital life and resources. Take Action!

Mojave desert tortiose shell and wildflowers.

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6 Responses to “2 New Proposed Monuments in the Mojave Desert”

  1. New National Monuments and Parks Proposed « Natural History Wanderings Says:

    [...] Read more in the  SF Chronicle: Boxer, Feinstein seek to expand protected parkland. and see excellent photos and article at Steve Siren’s Blog: 2 New Proposed Monuments in the Mojave Desert [...]

  2. Patrik Larsson Says:

    Mojave is high on my must visit list. This makes me want to go even more. Amazing pictures. What would be the best time to visit?

    /Patrik

  3. Steve Sieren Says:

    Patrik, there are so many different places to visit in the Mojave. The best time to visit is in Spring when all the wildflowers are blooming. The lower elevations bloom pretty early in spring. The cacti bloom later on towards the middle of spring. You can really visit at any time of year, catch snow in the winter on the joshua trees, summer thunderstorms and there are even a few places where the trees turn color in fall.

  4. David Leland Hyde Says:

    Enjoyable, informative post, Steve. The video is a great help in clarifying the issues. Thank you for keeping us up to date on this important cause for which we would all be wise to take action and write our representatives.

  5. David Leland Hyde Says:

    I remember you asked some time ago for me to give examples of how to get into conservation photography. You’re doing it. This is how it begins. You start with the places you care about and have a lot of images of. You get involved in the campaigns. You offer the various organizations the use of your photographs and voila, you are a conservation photographer. It’s that simple, but it is generally much more work and lower pay than most other types of photography.

  6. Mathieu Says:

    Hello Steve,

    this is a mystical location indeed, history and pictures explain themselves!
    This interesting article reminds me “Piton Chisny” close to “Piton de la fournaise” in Reunion Island
    An example: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b0/Chisny2.jpg/800px-Chisny2.jpg

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