Joshua Tree’s wildlife corridor…

We’ve just made our first small donation to the wonderful Mojave Desert Land Trust (using proceeds from Defend Joshua Tree T-shirt sales) to support their Joshua Tree North Wildlife Linkage campaign, which buys land to provide passage of wild animals along a wildland corridor to/from the Joshua Tree National Park. In general, this kind of corridor-building is super-important for species preservation with global climate change occurring and wild animals having to move to different altitudes to survive. The more linked wildland, the better. Regarding this initiative, friend Karen Tracy adds: “[MDLT’s] wildlife link is critical to saving that big parcel across from the Joshua Tree Retreat Center which very well could end up commercially developed plus 1500 houses and a hotel or a golf course absent our support.” More info here:


About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was one of five Angelenos listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. Today, I live a peaceful life in the rural wilderness of Joshua Tree, California, where I am a partner in with Stephanie Smith.
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