Conservation Activities

We Care:

Broadly speaking, Desert Survivors is for the preservation of Desert Lands; encompassing habitat, plants, wildlife, water sources and scenic areas - including, but not limited to: national parks and monuments, wilderness areas, scenic areas, state and local parks, wildlife refuges and undeveloped areas.We are not 'eco-tourists', nor are we 'eco-terrorists'. We care about the unique and vulnerable ecosystems that are the North American deserts and we endeavor to carry out constructive acts to ensure their survival.


Desert Survivors is committed to fostering contacts with appropriate government agencies with a view to increasing our effectiveness. Key personnel have been identified for liaison purposes. Trip write-ups can often take the form of monitoring reports to be submitted to government agencies as evidence of current status of areas of wilderness.

The organization regularly participates in the development of plans for public lands and networks with other conservation and desert-protection groups. Desert Survivors works by monitoring and reporting on local, state and federal actions affecting desert lands; commenting on such actions through letters and testimony; sending representatives to wilderness conferences, public hearings and environmental meetings; and participating in advocacy coalitions.

Raising Awareness:

Desert Survivors sends representatives to wilderness conferences, public hearings, environmental meetings, and lobbied Congress. In this way the group reaches out beyond its membership. The organization encourages use of the media to raise public awareness of desert issues. In particular, letters to newspaper editors and articles in conservation and outdoor magazines are advocated.


We also provide financial support to selected lawsuits to protect the desert, such as the lawsuit to prevent construction of an RV park in Bodie and the Charpeids’ lawsuit to prevent construction of a landfill at Eagle Mountain. When called upon, members have provided expert testimony on specific desert issues. The organization has supported law-suits to protect threatened eco-systems.

Service Trips:

Desert Survivors also conducts service trips to restore and rehabilitate desert wilderness, in cooperation with state and federal land management agencies.

These are usually weekend work trips in which we help local rangers undertake projects for which they lack paid staff. Such work trips may include habitat restoration for the Desert Tortoise, landscaping with native plants, trail maintenance, signing wilderness study areas (WSAs) and using Global Positioning Devices to survey wilderness boundaries.

Such trips always include some recreation, usually in the form of a dayhike in the area.

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