We’re selling our “Defend Joshua Tree” t-shirts for $20 each. There’s two varieties — the new ‘desert iguana’ design, and the original ‘determined coyotes’ design.
Both were drawn and designed by our friend, artist Arik Roper, as a gift to Joshua Tree.
The proceeds (such as they are) help support our local activist/advocacy/etc work.
More importantly, the shirts advocate a worthy cause and are great conversation-starters (eg “What is worth defending?” “Defending from what?” etc.)
Find our more about what we’re defending Joshua Tree from at the link. Thanks!
A HUGE WIN for the anti-bobcat trapping campaign that was born in Joshua Tree three years ago…
Here’s the victory announcement from the wonderful, persistent and courageous folks of PROJECT BOBCAT:
Thanks to your three years of help, on August 5, 2015 the California Fish and Game Commission voted 3-2 in favor of adopting a statewide ban on the pelt trapping of bobcats. But a few procedural steps remained before the ban could officially take effect, and paperwork delays very nearly resulted in yet another year of trapping. Ban supporters were doing some white knuckling as the 2015/16 bobcat trapping season, originally scheduled to open on November 24, 2015 was fast approaching. Happily, the final hurdle was overcome last Friday when the Office of Administrative Law approved the ban with enough time for the prohibitions to go into effect on November 20, 2015.
For the good word from the California Fish and Game Commission:
To read a summary of the last three years:
Project Bobcat is a non-funded volunteer organization, originally created to achieve a ban on the pelt trapping of bobcats in California. Because that goal has now been accomplished, please expect a short period of radio silence. However, we consider the welfare of our state’s bobcats to be an ongoing concern and Project Bobcat will resume posting as new issues emerge.
–Project Bobcat team
We’re headed into 2016, over four years since this battle begun, and we’re still winning. Here’s the latest from local radio station 107.7:
BATTLE LINES UNCLEAR IN JOSHUA TREE DOLLAR GENERAL DISPUTE
November 17th, 2015
The effort to stop the construction of a Dollar General retail store at Sunburst and the highway in Joshua Tree still goes on with legal challenges slowly moving their way through the court system. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has the latest in the legal maneuvering…
In the on again/ off again battle over the proposed Dollar General in Joshua Tree, the battle lines are often anything but clear. Last week, Dollar General developers asked that a review of the Environmental Impact Report be pulled from the County Board of Supervisor’s December 15 agenda. It appears the cart was getting ahead of the horse. The project was blocked earlier this year when the Joshua Tree Downtown Business Alliance successfully challenged the development—or at least halted it—pending an evaluation based on California Environmental Quality Act requirements. That ruling is also under appeal with a decision unlikely before this spring. Dollar General developers may have thought better of devoting too many resources to the project in advance of the appeals court decision. So how long until this battle is settled? That’s anybody’s guess.
From three weeks ago… a preview of El Nino?
This peaceful female wild desert tortoise came by our neighbor friend Angela de la Agua‘s house a few days ago. Notice her right front leg, which is missing toes and nails. A herpetologist friend says this tortoise likely got chewed on when she was younger but looks healthy now. Also pictured in these photos by Angela: her helpful patrol cat, the local legend Little Moon.
Starting to get somewhere — whew, lots of level changes across the slope of this site
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A forest of posts and poles… we rented an auger and dug 60+ holes last week. Now we’re busy setting them all in concrete.
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We’ve finally got the new “Defend Joshua Tree” t-shirts in stock!
Artist Arik Roper’s gorgeous Desert Iguana design is handscreened on sea foam-colored shirts manufactured by American Apparel. All sizes are available.
Obtain in person at Hoof & The Horn in Yucca Valley, or order online at our store: http://defendjt.bigcartel.com/
When you live inside a wildlife corridor, this happens. One of our lovely guests encountered a wild desert tortoise this morning just outside our unfenced Joshua Tree vacation rental cabin…
(Join us sometime: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/862040 )
Yesterday we started construction. The only thing to show for it is this crazy color-coded plan diagram, superimposed over a blurry google map of the farm. Actual progress shots coming soon!