Thursday, November 30, 2006

Xtreme off-roaders target rare Death Valley stream

Daniel R. Patterson

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK -- The Los Angeles Times on Nov 28 revisited an issued I've worked on for a long-time, protection of Surprise Canyon and the most productive spring-fed riparian stream in the Mojave Desert.

The Times even used two of my photos.

Surprise Canyon is a rare desert jewel, not a road.

Even the Bush BLM & Interior Dept. should back away from the loser push to let extreme modified jeeps wreck the stream by chainsawing trees and trying to winch up waterfalls.

PEER, CBD and others are moving in court to keep the canyon protected.


Jeneiene Schaffer said...

As someone who hiked up Suprise Canyon (and Furnace Creek) with you on one of your conservation public outings you led while you worked for the Center, I want to greatfully acknowledge and thank you for your continued excellent job on this issue.

While many other eviro groups (with rare exceptions) continue to falsely believe that forests are the only 'sexy' conservation issue, you remain in the forefront and in the spotlight to champion our countless desert jewels. Thank you, Daniel.

Matthew said...

Hi Daniel,

Sorry to bust in on your comments section. It looks like you moderate first so it shouldn't be too much of a nuisance, i hope. No need to publish this once you've read it.

Roger Featherstone at Earthworks suggested I shoot you a link to Environmental Working Group's latest mining investigation which focuses specifically on Arizona.

The investigation found that the in the last four years, the mining industry has staked claim to more public land than the Saguaro and Petrified Forest national parks combined. Our interactive maps--which use Google Earth technology--let you view satellite photos of mining's impact on the Arizona landscape and see the disturbing explosion of claims waiting for final approval. We will likely have region-wide maps and analysis sometime in the future.

Please take a few moments to click around on our site:

I'd be thrilled if you found it worthy of mention on your blog, and even more grateful if you had suggestions for other groups, stakeholders, etc. who may be interested in checking out and promoting this tool. I'm thinking that outdoor recreation circles may be particularly offended by what mining is doing to their playgrounds. Do you know of any forums or message boards where I can reach these folks?

Here are links to today's stories in the Republic and Daily Star which mention the EWG investigation:

Your feedback on the our site is also welcomed and encouraged. Thanks again for your suggestions, Dan.

Look forward to hearing from you,

Matthew Fried

matthew fried
assistant web producer
environmental working group
1436 u st., nw ste. 100
washington, dc 20009