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.
Scenes From Our Recent Trips
After being curtailed for 18 months because of the Covid 19 precautions, in September 2021 Desert Survivors resumed its outdoor group excursions. The images here are from trips to the Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge in Oregon, our Annual General Meeting retreat at Valley of Fire Nevada, Archipelago Espiritu Santo in the Sea of Cortez, Red Rock Canyon/Golden Valley Wilderness in the western Mojave and a return trip to Valley of Fire and Gold Butte.
We have more trips in the works for 2022. Become a member of Desert Survivors and join us as we get back out into the desert wild.
A Desert Survivors Online Presentation with Range of Light Group's 30 by 30 Initiative
PRESERVING THE AMARGOSA
Sunday May 15, 2022
Learn about a remarkable desert river that flows from the mountains of western Nevada to a terminus in the lowest place in North America in Death Valley. The Amargosa River is often called the “Crown Jewell of the Mojave Desert” because of its beauty and abundant resources, and perhaps no one has done more to protect this watershed than Susan Sorrells.
Susan Sorrells grew up along the Amargosa in the town of Shoshone, CA. After college and living in overseas, Ms. Sorrells returned to her home town in the late-1970's. She has since led efforts to preserve the desert––including programs to save near-extinct animals, restore river wetlands, and most recently, to create a Amargosa Basin National Monument.
Ms. Sorrells has a wealth of knowledge, experiences and stories about the Amargosa, that she will share with us at this truly special Desert Survivors event. This is not to be missed.
Susan Sorrells grew up in Shoshone, CA––a desert town that was pioneered by her grandfather in the early 20th Century. After graduating from Smith College, she was a community worker in Atlanta, a Peace Corps volunteer, she earned a Masters degree in African Studies at U.C.L.A. and lived in Europe before returning home.
Ms. Sorrells owns and manages the town of Shoshone. She was the founding member and president of the Death Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Shoshone Museum. She wrote the grant to establish the Death Valley Health Center and was its founding member.
Sorrells has been involved with many conservation groups. She was the founding president of the Amargosa Conservancy. In 2020 she helped launch Friends of the Amargosa Basin––a non-profit with a mission to create an Amargosa Basin national monument. She is campaigning to get the monument designation as act from congress.
This Desert Survivors presentation is in conjunction with the Sierra Club Range of Light Group's 30 by 30 campaign. 30 by 30 is a global movement seeking to conserve 30 percent of lands and coastal waters by the year 2030––or "30 by 30". To learn more CLICK HERE.
Videos of Desert Survivors Presentations
Videos of Desert Survivors online presentations are available for viewing. Please click on Resources from the Menu Bar and select Videos from the sub-menu.
We currently feature David Oline's April 18, 2021 presentation on the Great Basin, and Michael Cardwell's July 18, 2021 slide show on poisonous desert animals.
A quad-runner in action near California City, CA. This part of the Mojave, once the home of thousands of desert tortoises, is now criss-crossed with hundreds of paths and roads created by off-road vehicles driving unfettered over the terrain. The vehicle tire tracks destroy the fragile desert top soil––killing vegetation and the habitat for all animals.
Lawsuit Launched Over Federal Project Threatening Desert Tortoises
On March 24, 2021 environmental groups filed a formal notice of their intent to sue the Interior Department, U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for authorizing activities in the California Desert Conservation Area that are driving desert tortoise and other threatened and endangered species toward extinction.
The notice says the Fish and Wildlife Service’s biological opinion for the West Mojave Route Network Project was replete with inaccuracies and ignored important scientific information. For example, the five-county plan failed to consider the severe declines in density and abundance of desert tortoise populations or examine how land-management changes could help stop those declines.
The groups filing the lawsuit are represented by the Stanford Law Clinic and the Center for Biological Diversity and include Desert Survivors, The California Native Plant Society, Defenders of Wildlife, Desert Tortoise Council and Sierra Club.
Desert Survivors considers the desert wilderness to be a precious treasure. Native animals such as the desert tortoise are put under extreme stress and threatened extinction, in part to motorcycles and off-highway vehicles that run rampant over large swaths of their Mojave habitat. Desert Survivors is committed in efforts to protect and preserve these wild creatures.
For more information on the lawsuit CLICK HERE.
Photo: Fiercefx, Flickr Creative Commons.