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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“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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GOOD 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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Tues Sept. 29, 6-8pm: California Desert National Monuments Support Party & Movie Screening

From our friends at the Mojave Desert Land Trust

Stop by the Mojave Desert Land Trust to learn about this important conservation work, watch a short film about the areas, and write a letter to help protect our beautiful and fragile California desert!

When: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 from 6-8pm

Where: Mojave Desert Land Trust Gateway Headquarters at 60124 Twentynine Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree, CA

Dear Friends,

For over seven years, a diverse group of stakeholders has worked to create the California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act. Now, we have a chance to achieve the centerpiece of that legislation by urging President Obama to create three new National Monuments representing some of the most biologically and historically important lands in the California Desert.

Join MDLT and the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) for letter writing to targeted elected officials and updates about the effort to create the Mojave Trails, Castle Mountains, and Castle Mountains. As part of the event, we will screen two new short films about these areas created by The Wildlands Conservancy.

Light snacks and beverages provided.

RSVP Required to Lesley Hughes, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, Lesley@mojavedesertlandtrust.org, 760-366-5440

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DEFEND THIS DESERT IGUANA!

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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​, or order online at our store: http://defendjt.bigcartel.com/

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UPDATE ON JOSHUA TREE’S BATTLE AGAINST DOLLAR GENERAL

Joshua Tree’s battle to keep Dollar General from opening a store here has been going on since 2011. Here’s the latest, as we understand it:

1. Dollar General has appealed the Joshua Tree Downtown Business Alliance‘s win in CEQA court earlier this year. There will a series of briefs filed by each side over the next few months, with the final brief scheduled to be filed by the JTDBA on Nov. 4, 2015. A three-judge panel will then set a date for oral arguments. Sometime after the oral arguments are heard, the panel will issue a ruling.

2. Meanwhile, Dollar General and San Bernardino County have begun to prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the project. A Notice of Preparation was issued last month. JTDBA’s counsel and other concerned parties have responded to this NOP. The JTDBA says that even if the County and Dollar General complete this EIR, they cannot begin to build a Dollar General in Joshua Tree. This is because the JTDBA (or some other party) could challenge the EIR’s findings in court, and the current CEQA court case (see #1) must also be completed and resolved.

Bottom line is that thanks to the JTDBA’s efforts, there won’t be a Dollar General built in Joshua Tree in 2015, but Dollar General hasn’t given up.

For a more detailed discussion of this ongoing battle, join the “NO Dollar General in Joshua Tree” group on Facebook.

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