All are invited to the monthly $5 community breakfast this Saturday, Dec. 7 from 8-11am at Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association Center in North Joshua Tree — 65336 Winters Road, 4 miles east of Border Ave, 5 miles west of Lear Ave . Good food and conversation, plus: Jay will bring you coffee and bus your table. So exciting!
… The question is not how to mourn Nature, or how to isolate and protect its tattered fragments, but how to re-engage it and thus rediscover our native wit and adaptive genius. And we will find, I believe, that this rediscovery is possible, but only ever in one place at a time. If we are to re-immerse ourselves in our larger lives, if we are to regain our extended identity, it will be through the portals of individual ecosystems and particular places.
FROM PROJECT BOBCAT —
California’s bobcat trapping season opens on Sunday, November 24, 2013—post NO TRAPPING/NO HUNTING signage at private property borders.
Although the October 2013 signing of assembly Bill 1213, which Governor Jerry Brown establishes a no-trapping zone in the vicinity of Joshua Tree National Park, and directs the state’s Fish and Game Commission to establish similar zones around other places in the state where wildlife is protected, the law will not be enforced until January 1st, 2014. California’s bobcat trapping season opens on Sunday, November 24, 2013. Registered trappers (and hunters) may legally trap in and around Joshua Tree and other sensitive areas in our state until January 1st, 2014.
If you are a property owner in an area with an active bobcat population please consider posting highly visible NO HUNTING/NO TRAPPING signs along your property borders. Trapping and hunting is not allowed nor legal in private property where signs have been properly posted. This is especially important in areas with no fenced boundaries. Be watchful and let these individuals know that they are not welcome in our community! It is important to note that residents just outside the new no-trapping zones may find an increase in trapper activity after January 1, 2014 so please post signs in these areas.
Here is a aluminum sign based on a Pioneertown resident’s custom design purchased through Safety Signs for $22 each + S/H. http://www.safetysign.com/ Send the photo to them and order a few for your property boundaries.
Defend Joshua Tree has donated five T-shirts as premiums for this campaign. Donate $100 and get a free Defend shirt!
Dollar General is attempting to invade a community that overwhelmingly does not want it! We have hired a lawyer who has been representing us in this case. We have had one hearing already. On January 17th we will have a final hearing in the courts of San Bernardino County. We need to raise more funds for our legal defense.
Friendly goat on a leash browsing at the Joshua Tree farmers’ market this morning…
We’ve begun renovation work on our recently purchased third cabin property, which we bought at a County tax sale. The five-acre site and cabin have been cleared of stuff left by previous owner/occupants that was beyond repurposing: broken roof tiles, fields of glass shards, buried insulation (?), a shack’s worth of broken wood, large improvised firepits stacked with random burnt debris… Typical Hi-Dez human garbage.
Now we can start work on the cabin to make it habitable for eventual vacation rental.
This is what it looks like right now (photos by Stephanie)…
We’re strongly considering installing a solar power system to provide electricity — this will be our first experience working with solar…
Meanwhile, we’ve planted several native and near-native bushes and trees: two Palo Verdes, two Ironwoods, two Honey Mesquites, a Smoketree, some Wolfberries (goji berries), and a Desert Broom. We’re watering by hand with containers as plumbing and water systems haven’t been installed yet.
We’ve started a new Twitter account devoted to what we’re doing on the land out here in the desert.
Good ol’ desert tarantula, out between the tracks this morning. Fall is mating season. Female tarantulas are thought to be able to live up to 20 years. Males…not so long. More: digital-desert.com
Photo by Stephanie.
Need new living quarters?
This trailer house was
abandonedleft Wednesday night on Mountain Shadow Drive after rims popped off in transit, and is still there today.
Three rooms, carpets, windows.
UPDATE 10/19/13: A friend writes, “This trailer was stuck on Poleline/Lear on Sept 27th, not long after the storm, with what looked to be a broken axle…last Sunday he was still on Poleline just east of Coyote…tenacity”
UPDATE 10/20/13: A neighbor friend writes that the guys are back and have got a wheel put back on…
Guests at our green cabin encountered this friendly Common Kingsnake on the porch late afternoon a couple of weeks ago, and were able to take some sweet photos. They estimated the animal’s length at 3-4 feet. First time we’ve seen this guy around here, ever. Kingsnakes are non-venomous constrictors who said to predate primarily on lizards and snakes — including rattlesnakes. We are grateful for this animal’s presence on our land!