CITIZEN SCIENCE

We are creating a database of Coyote Valley plants and animals on inaturalist.org. Search ‘projects’ for ‘coyote valley’ to check it out and contribute

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PRO TIP: VEGETABLE GARDEN SEEDS FOR THE ARID SOUTHWEST

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We’ve decided to order all of our kitchen garden seeds from Native Seed Search (nativeseeds.org). They only do crops for arid lands, southwest growing, many are heirloom and/or native American. We’re ordering warm and cool season collections, $30, with 12 seed packets in each. Coolest organization ever!

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THE VIRTUES OF JOSHUA TREE, EXPLAINED SUCCINCTLY ON COLBERT THIS PAST THURSDAY NIGHT

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JAN 16, 2016: WORKSHOP TO HALT SPREAD OF ORV ROUTES ACROSS JOSHUA TREE

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This is a workshop to help us write letters to the Bureau of Land Management about keeping off-road vehicle (ORV) routes off BLM and other land in our Joshua Tree neighborhoods.

If you don’t want a fleet of ORVs driving legally near (and possibly on) your private property, TAKE ACTION and come to this workshop.

This is one of those rare instances when letters will actually make a difference!

Via Facebook

The BLM is evaluating where and whether to put ORV routes in residential neighborhoods adjacent to private property. Drop in and we’ll help you:

– identify proposed routes near your house on the maps
– fill out the minimization form
– and write your letter to the BLM.

Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – Noon, January 16, 2016
Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center
65336 Winters Road, North Joshua Tree, CA 92252

The BLM’s DEADLINE for public comment is: January 25, 2016

R E S O U R C E S

BLM WEMO Link
http://bit.ly/blmwemo

COW (Community ORV Watch) Links
http://bit.ly/cowwemo

M A P S
http://bit.ly/wemomaps
You are most likely in TMA 3 (Travel Management Area 3). Open these from the file and you will be able to open and apply various layers.

O R I E N T A T I O N
WEMO Route Form Orientation – To get you started
http://bit.ly/wemoorientation

F O R M
WEMO Route Form – Use to actually document routes of concern
http://bit.ly/wemoform

BLM Tips and Tricks Document
Helpful in using the route designation map
http://bit.ly/wemotips

HOSTED BY:
Teresa Sitz
MAC Delegate
Wonder Valley, CA

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STEWARDS OF THE COYOTE VALLEY

Here’s a short photo/write-up on our first workshop for a new project we’re doing: Stewards of the Coyote Valley, an ecological/mutual aid society for our rural desert neighborhood in northern Joshua Tree…

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“DEFEND JOSHUA TREE” T-SHIRT SALE

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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!

https://defendjt.wordpress.com/

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GREAT NEWS! BOBCAT TRAPPING BAN HAS GONE INTO EFFECT

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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.

Congratulations!

For the good word from the California Fish and Game Commission:
https://cdfgnews.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/statewide-ban-on-bobcat-trapping-to-take-effect-friday/

To read a summary of the last three years:
http://www.kcet.org/news/redefine/rewild/commentary/bobcat-trapping-ban-finally-official.html

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

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BATTLE AGAINST DOLLAR GENERAL – UPDATE

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.

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DELUGE

From three weeks ago… a preview of El Nino?

What once was a road is now a rushing river #joshuatree #stormwatch #elnino #herewego

A photo posted by JT Homesteader (@jthomesteader) on

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TOES

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.

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