Desert Survivors is an affiliation of desert lovers committed to experiencing, sharing and protecting desert wilderness wherever we find it. We recognize the places we love to explore will not remain wild unless we give others the opportunity to experience them as we do and unless we remain vigilant and active in our efforts to monitor and preserve them.

SPRING IS WILDFLOWER SEASON IN THE DESERT.  While most of California is in the fourth year of a severe drought, the deserts in the southern part of the state received good rainfall this winter.  With that come the wildflowers.  As of early-March 2015 there are good blooms in Imperial County and Anza-Borrego.  This exceptional flowering will move northward in the following weeks and months.  CLICK HERE for a peak blooming guide.  These beautiful photos were taken by Desert Survivors trip leader Bob Davis on his excursions to the Mojave over the past few years.  Desert Survivors will take you to beautiful and intriguing places in the desert.  Become a member and join us on our wilderness adventures.    Photos: Bob Davis -

The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve in 2010 during a good bloom year.  Photo: N. Blake


Desert Survivors take to the streets of to urge Governor Brown
to ban hydraulic-fracturing in California.

8 Desert Survivors participated in the February 7, 2015, “March for Real Climate Leadership” held in Oakland, CA. While the demonstration was organized to pressure California’s Governor Jerry Brown to ban fracking within the state, Desert Survivors was there to keep the specter of habitat destruction in the public’s eyes and ears as our economy weans itself off fossil fuels and toward alternate sources of energy––specifically solar and wind.


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) severely criticizes
the California Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan.

On February 23, 2015 the state and federal agencies that are drafting the zoning plan for the California deserts renewable energy development (DRECP) close the period for public comment on the plan.  Over 12,000 people and organizations submitted comments.  Foremost was the response from the EPA which criticized the DRECP on a number of key issues:
  • The plan is lacking in its examination of potential impacts to air and water, wildlife, and public health in the desert.
  • DRECP's assumptions about the amount of renewable energy desert communities will need to provide the rest of the state are outdated, inflated, and in need of revision.
  • Any desert energy development should be focused on lands the EPA has already identified as disturbed or contaminated.
  • Not enough attention to the DRECP's effect on desert watercourses such as the Amargosa River.
  • The DRECP should examine whether large renewable energy installations in the plan area should be treated as large stationary sources of air pollution similar to coal-fired plants under the Clean Air Act.
  • The EPA offers straightforward suggestions as to how the risk to birds from renewables development in the desert should be addressed in the DRECP.
  • The explosive growth in rooftop solar, along with improvements in power storage, make distributed generation more and more feasible as a way of meeting much of California's power habit, lessening the need for remote, utility-scale renewables in the desert.
Desert Survivors has long fought industrial-scale wind and solar projects in untouched California desert lands.  We champion rooftop solar.  It looks as though the EPA is also seeing things our way.

To learn more please go to THIS ARTICLE  by Chris Clarke for KCET.
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

This spring Desert Survivors is sponsoring a wide variety of trips and events.  There is a backpack
into the Ventana Wilderness to the "Hands Cave" where ancient people left pictographic images of their hands on the rock.   Our car camps include excursions to Anza-Borrego, Death Valley, and an archeological dig in the Eastern Mojave.  In early-June members will attempt to summit King Lear Peak in Nevada.  Of course, we will celebrate Earth Day in April
and there will be a sumer picnic in Castro Valley.  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
                     that may be added to our schedule.

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.

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