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.
Desert Travels of Esperanza Hernandez and Marc Eldridge
While Covid-19 precautions have canceled and postponed Desert Survivors excursions, it has not stop some members from getting out there in the wild. In recent months Esperanza Hernandez and Marc Eldridge have ventured into the Mojave where they backpacked and car camped and they have brought back these wonderful photographs of their adventures.
Their travels have taken them to Death Valley N.P., the Mojave National Preserve and other beautiful and intriguing places in the desert. Esperanza's niece Samm Garcia joined them from time to time too.
Desert Survivors members love to explore the desert. When it is safe to resume group activities we will be sponsoring trips to these wonderful lands. In the meantime, stay safe, we will see you in the wilderness just as soon as we can.
DESERT SURVIVORS AND OTHER CONSERVATION GROUPS HEAD BACK TO COURT OVER PROTECTION OF BI-STATE SAGE GROUSE
On September 29, 2020 conservation groups, including Desert Survivors, sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to protect the imperiled bi-state sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act despite ongoing population declines.
The bird was originally proposed for listing as threatened in 2013, with 1.86 million acres of critical habitat proposed for designation, but the Fish and Wildlife Service abandoned the proposal in 2015. In 2018 a federal court found the agency had wrongly denied Endangered Species Act protection to the bi-state sage grouse and required it to re-evaluate the bird’s situation. The grouse was again proposed for protection, but in March 2020 federal officials denied protection.
The Fish and Wildlife Service claims its reversal is based on a collection of voluntary conservation measures, but many of those measures have been in place for more than a decade, while the sage grouse has continued to decline.
The groups filing the lawsuit are Desert Survivors, the Center for Biological Diversity, Western Watersheds Project and WildEarth Guardians. The groups are represented by attorneys from the Center for Biological Diversity and the Stanford Environmental Law Clinic.