FIREPIT TEST AT SATURN CABIN CAMP SITE

Testing the fire pit at our new Saturn cabin (launching soon!). Full moon, spectacular sunset. All good. #joshuatree

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MR. XTREMEHORTICULTURE COMES TO TOWN

Huge: Bob Morris’s blog (link at bottom) is one of our go-to resources.

Via the 29 Palms Inn facebook event page:

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We invite you to join us this Saturday, January 31st in our Faultline Farm orchard for a free garden workshop lead by Bob Morris, Professor Emeritus from the University of Nevada who will demonstrate dormant fruit tree pruning techniques, tool selection, sharpening and sterilization and fertilization methods.

This free class runs from noon until 3pm.

Bob Morris blog: http://xtremehorticulture.blogspot.com/

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[Action Alert] PROJECT BOBCAT APPEAL FOR LETTERS — AND ATTENDANCE IN SACRAMENTO FEB. 12

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From projectbobcat.org:

Thanks to your efforts along with our partners, the Center for Biological Diversity and other supporters across the state, the Bobcat Protection Act of 2013 was passed by the California legislature just over a year ago. Now we need your help to ensure the bill is implemented to truly protect the state’s bobcats. The California Fish and Game Commission is launching a rulemaking to implement the bill that could result in a complete ban on the commercial trapping of these beautiful animals. But for that to happen, the Commission needs to hear from you.

The Bobcat Protection Act was passed in response to the outrage triggered by the discovery of trappers lining the boundaries of Joshua Tree National Park with cages, luring the animals out the Park, and killing them for their fur. Under the bill, trapping was immediately banned around Joshua Tree and the Commission was directed to implement similar bans around all other parks, monuments and refuges in California. One option the Commission is seriously weighing is a statewide ban on bobcat trapping.

Please take a moment and contact the Fish and Game Commission and let them know you support a complete statewide ban on bobcat trapping. Note that original, personalized letters are the most effective way you can help our effort.

DEADLINE FOR OFFICIAL COMMENT PERIOD

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 5pm

Submit comments to fgc@fgc.ca.gov -or- FAX to: (916) 653-5040

Address comments to Executive Director Sonke Mastrup. Fish and Game Commission, 1416 Ninth Street, Room 1320, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Written comments received at the Commission office by 5:00 p.m. on January 29 will be made available to Commissioners prior to the meeting on Febuary 12, 2015. Comments received by 12 noon on February 6 will be marked late and made available to Commissioners at the meeting. Please also remember to email Project Bobcat at: info@projectbobcat.org a PDF copy of your sent letter.

Sample Letter (NOTE THAT YOUR LETTER IS MOST EFFECTIVE IF YOU PERSONALIZE IT)

RE: Agenda Item 29: Ban Bobcat Trapping Statewide

I urge you to implement the Bobcat Protection Act of 2013 by banning trapping statewide. I am appalled that hundreds of California’s native bobcats are trapped and killed each year for sale of their skins in the international fur trade. Californians overwhelmingly value our wildlife alive, not as commodities to be exploited for the private profit of a handful of trappers. It’s long past time to end the subsidized destruction of our wildlife and instead protect and value them as living members of a healthy ecosystem. Please vote for the alternative of a complete statewide ban on commercial trapping of bobcats.

TALKING POINTS for Statewide Ban:

Let the Commission know that you would like to see bobcat trapping banned for anything other than rehabilitation or research.
There are fewer than 100 commercial trappers “harvesting” bobcats and that taxpayers are essentially subsidizing these commercial trappers.
A statewide ban is simpler and more economical than determining boundaries, methods for describing boundaries, fees, enforcement, and creating documents describing new boundaries and regulations.
State the valuable role of bobcats in ecological system, tourism economy, rodent control, and any reasons for your opposition to the trapping of bobcats for pelts.
Remind the Commission that natural resources and wildlife are public assets, and not for the profit of a few.

Are you available to travel for the Commissioners meeting in Sacramento on Thursday, February 12th, 2015? Please let us know at: info@projectbobcat.org so we can put you in touch with others that are traveling up north for carpooling, sharing hotel accommodations, etc.

Project Bobcat thanks you for your ongoing support!

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BUY A T-SHIRT, ALL PROCEEDS GO TO KEEP DOLLAR GENERAL OUT OF JOSHUA TREE

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All proceeds from the next 50 sales of this Men’s Large DEFEND JOSHUA TREE T-shirt go to the continuing effort to keep Dollar General out of beautiful Joshua Tree!

Help courageous Joshua Tree residents pay the legal fees in this epic David vs Goliath battle, now in its fourth year!

This is MEN’S LARGE only — this size fits most folks! Each shirt is $20 plus postage. Each T-shirt is manufactured by American Apparel and screenprinted by hand with the fierce Arik Roper three-coyote design.

DEFEND JOSHUA TREE. Before it’s too late.

Order a shirt here: http://defendjt.bigcartel.com/product/defend-joshua-tree-t-shirt-to-benefit-fight-against-dollar-general

More info on the battle against Dollar General: https://jtdba.wordpress.com/

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LANDOWNING PEASANTS’ PROBLEMS

Ha, we made it on Cabin Porn!

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This cabin is still in progress, as we bought another one in the interim that demanded work straightaway…

(Photo by Stephanie)

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A VIEW OF SATURN

Very nice photo by Natalie Pollard of our soon-to-be-rentable-on-Airbnb “Saturn” property, designed by Stephanie…

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THE DESERT ORACLE ARRIVES

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I have a piece of text on living here in northern Joshua Tree in the debut issue of Wild Ken Layne’s new quarterly print ragazine, the DESERT ORACLE. Every single one of you can subscribe and get a full year’s worth of Oracularism for $15 — neat! Info…

The DESERT ORACLE is a pocket-sized field guide to the fascinating American deserts: weird tales, ghost towns, wonderfully bizarre animals and plants, mysteries and folklore, national and state parks, slickrock arches, legends of lost mines and ships on the sand dunes, beloved authors and artists, and plenty of oddball desert characters from the past and the present.

Printed in striking black-and-white with a brilliant cardstock cover, the DESERT ORACLE is your companion at a roadside diner, around a campfire, or in your tent or cabin as the wind and the coyotes howl outside at night. It’s for national-park adventurers and adventurous locals, film buffs and ghost hunters, lovers of both natural history and human history—the ORACLE is a pocket reader for all kinds of wanderers on saguaro highways and sagebrush trails.

MORE/INFO/SUBSCRIBE: http://www.desertoracle.com/

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[Thurs Jan 15] MAC MTG ON HORRIBLE PROPOSED NEW SOLAR FIELD IN JOSHUA TREE

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Above: More than a hundred acres of pristine north Joshua Tree desert wilderness have already been scraped, fenced off and covered in solar panels by Sun Edison Solar to prop up an ass-backwards energy strategy. Imagine another one of these wasteful abominations nearby. NextEra has.

We urge you to join us in attending tomorrow’s special afternoon meeting of the Land Use Study Committee of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council.

The meeting will feature a discussion with an executive from NextEra, the for-profit solar development company that wants to transform the dormant Roy Williams Airport on Sunfair into yet another giant deadscape of solar panels — an action that will irreversibly degrade and damage this residential rural area AND fence off another 115 acres from the Morongo Basin’s wildlife corridor.

This NEXT ERROR project is desperately misguided, and needs to be stopped. This meeting is an ideal opportunity to loudly re-affirm the depth of this community’s opposition to this project.

Want more information and background? Here is a very good news feature article (and film) on the project, from the Jan. 2, 2015 Desert Sun: “Joshua Tree residents cry foul over airport solar plan”.

Here are the meeting’s pertinent details:

MORONGO BASIN MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
Land Use Study Committee Agenda
January 15, 2015, 3:30 p.m.
Joshua Tree Building and Safety Offices
63665 Twentynine Palms Highway
Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Chair, Mark Lundquist; Members, Elizabeth Karman, Pat Flanagan

Discussion with Jess Melin, Project Director, Business Development, NextEra Energy Resources, regarding Joshua Tree Airport solar project.

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IF YOU HAVE TO BE IN PALM SPRINGS…

A few photos from this afternoon’s fieldtrip/fact-finding mission to Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs

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NEW CAMPER TRAILER

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