Defending the Desert

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Basin and Range Watch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit working to conserve the deserts of Nevada and California and to educate the public about the diversity of life, culture, and history of the ecosystems and wild lands of the desert.

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BLM's Sagebrush Ecosystem Management Project--Not Ecological


^Pinyon-juniper woodlands in the Kawich Range, Nye County, Nevada.

December 2, 2016 - Central Nevada - Basin & Range Watch sent comments to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) opposing their Proposed Action for Sagebrush Ecosystem Management Project. The proposed programmatic action would be District-wide in the Battle Mountain District of central Nevada and include portions of Lander, Eureka, Nye, and Esmeralda Counties.

BLM says the goals for this project include "decreasing the severity and intensity of future wildland fires by reducing hazardous fuel loads, sustaining and improving sagebrush plant communities, and managing Phase I and targeted Phase II pinyon-juniper stands in wildlife habitat."

Improving sagebrush habitats by removing native old-growth pinyon-juniper woodlands is not supported by science. A better way to improve sagebrush communities would be to stop removing and degrading them, and fragmenting them with fracking wells and roads, transmission lines, and other developments. More >>here.

Wind Turbine Collapses at Ocotillo Project

Photo by Parke Ewing.

November 22, 2016 - Yuha Desert CA - The Ocotillo Express Wind Project is completely shut down today after one of the wind turbine generators collapsed for unknown reasons. Each turbine weighs 200 tons and this fell 200 feet. This is the Yuha Desert and public roads are nearby, and there are no fences or warning signs about industrial hazards to the public. This is turbine 126.

The collapse happened at approximately 10:30 AM. The wind was blowing at around 12 to 15 mph according to local residents. The turbine bent into the wind, not away from the wind. The bend in the tower is not at a joint. The entire wind project was shut down at 12:29 PM. The wind turbine generator is a Siemens 2.37MW-108 SWT turbine.

Local residents heard the collapse as the heavy tower broke and hit the ground with a loud "boom." It shook the ground. Some people commented they first thought it was a small airplane crash. More photos >>here

What's in Store for the Desert with a Trump Administration?

November 15, 2016 - According to Roll Call, Republican House committee chairman Kevin McCarthy sent a letter yesterday to all government agencies requesting that no new regulations move forward in the remaining months of the Obama administration.

November 10, 2016 - Now that we have a new President, Basin & Range Watch will be strategizing for how our public lands, desert ecosystems, local communities, and environmental laws may be impacted. The largescale renewable energy push into desert wildlands may slow, but we will continue to push for better Distributed Energy Resource policies, such as rooftop solar, to bring CO2 emissions down. We will also be vigilant about preserving our public lands from privitization or land transfers. Government accountability and transparency will remain a focus for us, as it has in the past. Preserving our new national monuments will also be someting we will strive for.

We are well-positioned in this new era since we have worked hard to build a coalition of people from all political views who want to keep our desert free from industrialization, fragmentation, and closed access.

Stay tuned for our renewed push to protect our desert wildlands and wildlife. We are gradually redesigning our website to follow the latest trends in resource management, conservation issues, and threats. New look, new trends.

^Tallest Mojave Yucca? Pahrump Valley, Nevada.

^Walking Box Ranch, Piute Valley, Nevada. History is important to preserve.

^Desert tortoise, Mojave Desert CA. We can conserve desert species and maintain our desert communities, recreation, and sustainable uses. We know, we live here.







Calendar of Comment Deadlines:

Comment on Fallon Range Training Complex Modernization military base expansion, extended to December 12, 2017 >>here

Comment on Nellis Test and Training Range military base expansion in Nevada, December 10, 2016 >>here

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"In the first place you can't see anything from a car; you've got to get out of the goddamned contraption and walk, better yet crawl, on hands and knees, over the sandstone and through the thornbush and cactus. When traces of blood begin to mark your trail you'll see something, maybe."

--Edward Abbey, 1967, Desert Solitaire


"Polite conversationalists leave no mark, save the scar upon the earth that could have been prevented had they stood their ground."

--David Brower





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