Mojave National Preserve

Will A Proposed Solar Power Plant Near Mojave National Preserve Defeat Good Planning?

Renewable energy projects can pose a challenge for environmental organizations—they may like the "green" aspects of solar and wind power, but in the wrong location such projects can have big impacts on values such as scenery and wildlife. A proposed solar project near Mojave National Preserve has united opposition by numerous groups, and now the question is whether the developer will succeed in defeating years of good planning for siting major solar projects.

Joint Effort Improves Desert Tortoise Research At Mojave National Preserve

Desert tortoise research at Mojave National Preserve in California has gotten a boost from Chevron Corp. and the National Park Trust.

Proposed Project To Move Water From California Desert Raises Concerns For Nearby Parks

A plan to pump groundwater from beneath the desert and send it to thirsty cities in southern California has attracted a rather unusual group of opponents, including a Republican Congressman, a Democratic Senator, conservation groups, a mining company, a labor union and ranchers. Now the latest wrinkle in the debate involves a proposal for steam train excursion trips into the Mohave Desert.

Major Disease Outbreak Bad News For Bighorn Sheep Population At Mojave National Preserve

Bighorn sheep were once common in Southern California and Nevada, but by the 1960s their numbers had been sharply reduced by disease, unregulated hunting, and habitat loss. Forty years of cooperative efforts to rebuild the herds were paying off, but now a major disease outbreak poses a major threat to the majestic animals.

NPS Extends Time For Mojave National Preserve Concession Proposals

The National Park Service recently announced an extension for proposals to operate the Beanery, the food concession at the historic Kelso Depot in California’s Mojave National Preserve.

Jewel In The Desert: Kelso Depot At Mojave National Preserve

Kelso Depot, fully restored and back in business, is a great reason by itself to visit Mojave National Preserve in the California desert.

Solar Power Is Valuable, But NPCA Report Says It Needs To Be Generated Away From National Parks

Solar energy is one key to sating the United States' energy appetite, but federal officials need to be careful not to overly impact national parks and other public lands when it comes to siting these facilities.

Concession Prospectus Issued For Mojave National Preserve

The National Park Service recently issued a concession prospectus for the operation of a food and beverage service in Mojave National Preserve.

Mojave National Preserve Cross Case Settled With Land Swap

A long simmering dispute over a simple cross erected over Mojave National Preserve will be resolved with a land swap expected to net the National Park Service private land inside the preserve.

Study: Development Around National Parks Far Surpasses That In Other Parts Of The Country

Development and population density around units of the National Park System greatly outpaces that occurring around other parts of the country, according to a Montana State University study.
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The Living Classrooms of the National Park System

Most teachers would be happy to keep their students as far away from scorpions as possible. But not Cameron Elementary School teacher Sheryl Marino.

Want to Escape the Cold? Winter is a Great Time to Visit These Desert and Coastal Parks

For some park travelers, winter trips conjure up images of snow-covered landscapes, but for others the season means sun and sand. Here are some suggestions for NPS sites where milder winter weather offers a fine time to enjoy parks that are just too toasty or buggy for most of us during the summer.

Republicans, Democrats Differ Over Whether National Park Designations Should Block Energy Projects

When the Bush administration late in 2008 tried to auction energy leases near national parks in Utah, there was an outcry by many who considered siting oil and gas exploration projects next to parks was anathema. The Obama administration quickly reversed the decision, but the debate over whether to locate energy projects next to parks continues.

More Controversy Tied to Religion and Wind Energy Likely To Surface Around the National Park System

More controversy likely is in the offing for decisions affecting landscapes in the National Park System. One settles a long-standing dispute over religious symbols on public lands, the other wind farms.

Anniversary Celebration of California Desert Protection Act at Mojave National Preserve

Mojave National Preserve scene.
October 31 isn't just about pumpkins and goblins anymore. The date also marks the anniversary of the California Desert Protection Act, a major milestone for Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks and the Mojave National Preserve. The day will be celebrated at a special event on Saturday at the Mojave National Preserve.

Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over Cross at Mojave National Preserve

Arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday held the prospect of being extremely interesting, or boringly technical, in a case that arose over a simple white cross at Mojave National Preserve.

Route 66 Fans Rejoice! Here's a Great New Source of Information On "The Mother Road"

Route 66 sign.
In the days before interstate highways made travel faster—and usually a lot less interesting—a road trip to some popular NPS sites included a drive on at least part of Route 66. Fans of the historic highway now have a great new resource for information about the famous route.

Is Senator Feinstein Speaking Out of Both Sides of Her Mouth on National Park Matters?

National parks very well may be one of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein's loves, but oysters seemingly trump her view of national park values.

Need a Lunch Stop Between Vegas and L.A.? The Beanery Lunch Counter is Now Open

The Kelso Depot.
If you're driving between Las Vegas and Los Angeles, here's a new option for lunch that combines history with a short scenic respite from the interstate: the Beanery lunch counter is open for business again at the historic Kelso Depot in Mojave National Preserve.

Take the Interstate to One of the Largest Units in the National Park System

Red Spires of Castle Peaks, Mojave National Preserve. NPS photo
Most people making the drive between Las Vegas and Los Angeles are in a hurry to just get across the desert. As a result, they miss an easy opportunity to visit the third largest unit in our national park system outside of Alaska. Even more surprising, given the size and rugged nature of this park, is the fact that it's bordered by not one, but two Interstate highways: I-15 and I-40.

Judge Orders Cross Removed from Mojave National Preserve

Brace yourself, I'm about to delve into one of those public conversation taboos. You know, you don't talk sex, politics, or religion in public. But at times I find the debates spurred by symbols fascinating. And, of course, religious symbols seem to spur the most debates. The one I want to focus on involves Mojave National Preserve, where a federal judge has ruled that a cross can no longer stand atop Sunrise Rock.
Haunted HikesIn this third edition of the Park Remark audiocast, I have a phone conversation with Andrea Lankford, who is the author of the book Haunted Hikes: Spine-Tingling Tales and Trails from North America's National Parks.
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