A detailed 7 page letter was
mailed on April 22, 2013 to the Bishop BLM commenting on the potential
environmental impacts that could occur from implementing an aggressive
upland vegetation restoration program on public lands in the Bodie
Hills of Mono County, California.
A 2 page letter to Bishop BLM was mailed on March 29, 2013 commenting
on unauthorized activity laying in fiber optic conduit in the Fish
Slough and Casa Diablo Wilderness Study Areas, adjacent to the Casa
Diablo Road on the Volcanic Tableland, CA
Desert Survivors is a joint signer along with the Center for Biological
Diversity and other environmental organizations on a 13 page letter,
mailed on October 13, 2012, to BLM Director Brenda Hudgens-Williams in
Washington, DC protesting the expansion of ORV access in the Algodones
Dunes -Imperial Sand Duned Proposed Recreation Area.
Publishes 2 issues of The Survivor annually and the website has been
recently revamped to include timely desert issue information.
2 DSers attended the June, 2012 public meeting for the Death Valley
National Park Management Plan for Saline Hot Springs and offered
In the last year, 8 leaders lead a total of 27 trips/events: 10 car
camps; 15 backpacks including 2 trips longer than a week; 6 service
trips; 8 monitoring trips and a tour of the UC Botanical Garden.
Educational outreach at a table at the Berkeley Earth Day Fair 2012.
6 service trips included: 4th of July Canyon cleanup for Mojave
Preserve; Amargosa River trail rerouting BLM Barstow; Nopah Wilderness
(2 trips) to map trails for Barstow BLM; Lanfair cleanup for Mojave
Preserve; and fence removal for Mojave Preserve.
8 trips had monitoring components for the Needles and Ridgecrest BLM districts.
There were 9 special meetings for Desert Issues, the Zxyxx symposium, a
tech seminar, leader meetings (2 new leaders are now leading trips) and
4 talks were given by leaders: Nick Blake to Delta Chapter of Sierra
Club at Antioch; Bob Davis presented at the Zzyxx Field Station during
the Desert Symposium and at the Walnut Creek Kiwanis Club. He also gave
a tech seminar on light weight backpacking at the summer picnic.
Several members attended the Desert Issues Meetings organized by the