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2 New Proposed Monuments in the Mojave Desert

January 27, 2011

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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Dunes of the Mojave Desert

August 2, 2010

Mojave Desert Dunes

If someone were to mention dunes in the Mojave Desert, Death Valley’s Mesquite Dunes at Stovepipe Wells would come mind first for some people. The Kelso Dunes might even come up. There are more dunes out there that in lie outside of the National Park and Monument boundaries, you just need to look a little further. With all the dry lakes out there the sand has to blow somewhere.

Dunes in black and white

Some dunes fields are extremely small and others such as what is shown here are significant in size. Many dunes are similiar and usually can be identified with the mountain back drop if there is one.

OHV use in designated wilderness

These dunes are designated wilderness where people may seek desert desolation but I have come across people ignoring the desigated wilderness boundaries with OHV use. I can imagine how dificult it can be trying to protect something out in the middle of nowhere. It would be nice if there were signs posted with violation fee amounts in all parking areas near wilderness areas.

Mojave desert dunes

Frost covered dunes in the Mojave Desert

Frost covers the dunes during winter in the early morning. Sometimes solitude comes with no foot prints.

Moon and dune

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