During the winter months daytime temperatures in the California deserts
are moderate, making it the best season to visit this arrid
wilderness. Here, a Desert Survivor amid the crimson strata of Red Rock Canyon, Kern County, Mojave Desert
during a November 2014 car camp. Desert Survivors sponsors
winter and springtime trips to beautiful and intruiging places in the
American deserts. Become a member and join us in our wilderness
adventures. Photo: N. Blake.
& UPCOMING EVENTS
Desert Survivors joins
the Center for Biological Diversity and other
environmental groups calling for a
stay in the U.S. Bureau of
(BLM) finding that allows exploratory drilling
mine in the El Paso Mountains, Kern County.
Survivors on in Last Chance Canyon in December 2013. Left photo: The rugged wilderness of Last
Chance Canyon would be forever changed by the Glacial Mineral's plans. Right photo: an ancient rock art site within a mile of the proposed
December 8, 2014 Ridgecrest, CA Field Manager of the BLM issued a Finding of No Significant Impact authorizing
Minerals Inc. of Simi Valley, CA plan to drill 12 exploratory holes, at
an average depth of 165 ft. each, in public lands adjacent
to Last Chance Canyon and Red Rock Canyon State Park. Although the
proposed drilling is on public land open to
mining, it would require heavy drilling equipment and trucks to pass
through parts of Red Rock Canyon State Park to reach the
site––in violation of laws that have withdrawn this land for mineral
location. The lawsuit also contends that the BLM finding
violates existing land management plans and the National Environmental
Protection Act of 1969.
course, the much larger concern is the nature of the proposed mine and
its impact on the environment. Our experience with
other mines shows that mining can destroy all other resources of the
public lands; leaving only mine tailings and polluted
water even after so-called reclamation. The small quantities of mineral
likely to be found per ton of rock, indicate that
full scale mining may require open-pit cyanide heap leach mining or
other similarly damaging mining techniques, using
bulldozers to tear up vast quantities of rock ore which are then
crushed and processed using water and toxic chemicals
to extract very small amounts of gold. This process results in
devastation that can never be truly mitigated.
geological impacts, the biological, visual, cultural, air quality and
other impacts this ill-considered project will
cause are equally as devastating. Please support Desert
Survivors in our mission to keep the deserts wild.
Minutes of Desert Survivors Board of Directors meetings available on line.
You can now read the Desert Survivors Board of Directors meetings minutes in pdf format by going to the DOCUMENTS PAGE.
THE WINTER 2015 TRIPS SCHEDULE IS HERE!
winter Desert Survivors is sponsoring a wide variety of trips and
events. There is a backpack
through the Chemehuevi Mountains to the Colorado River. Another
backpack will go into the
Ventana Wilderness and on a third we will lead hikers through the
narrow slot canyons in
Death Valley National Park. Our car camps include excursions to
Death Valley, the Mojave
National Preserve and an archeological dig in the Eastern Mojave.
Of course, we will be throwing
our annual Groundhog Day party.
This year the event conicides Valentines Day––two holidays in
one celebration! This is not to be missed. For more
information on these and other events
please go to the TRIPS PAGE.
Please check back to this website for any additional
Desert Survivors trips and events
Desert Survivors as a public service. Desert Survivors is a 501(c)3 non-profit public-benefit organization based in Oakland, California.
More than 95% of our revenue comes from membership dues and donations.
We have no corporate sponsors. You can support our work by becoming a
member for $30 per year (or more if you can). Non-member donations are
also gratefully accepted. Send checks to Desert Survivors, PO. Box
20991, Oakland, CA 94620-0991. All donations are tax-deductible. To
pay with a credit card, click here for membership,
or here for donation.
that may be added to our schedule.
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