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50-Year old Tamarisks in Palm Springs being removed

PALM SPRINGS – Controversial tamarisk trees started being removed near Tahquitz Creek Golf course by the city of Palm Springs on Tuesday. They have been deemed “Racist trees” by some, as it was believed that they were planted to block

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California Desert’s Thousand Palms Oasis as “Nobody” has ever seen it before until… NOW!

In 1905, visionary stock rancher Louis Wilhelm traded two mules and a buckboard wagon for the Thousands Palm Oasis, an 80-acre jewel of land in the heart of the Southern California desert.  But even he didn’t see it like this…

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Coachella Valley loves this shot. Who needs hamburger meat?

  I can’t, for the life of me, figure out why the Roadrunners feel so comfortable around here? What gives?

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Hike – Lost Palms Oasis, Joshua Tree National Park

Hike – Lost Palms Oasis, Joshua Tree National Park Joshua Tree National Park is one of the most well-known rock climbing destinations in California; but is also a location with great hiking. One of the most remote and scenic hikes

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Hike Tahquitz Canyon Falls – Hike Palm Springs

Did You Know The Coachella Valley Has A 50ft Waterfall? Check Out Tahquitz Falls When you see this 50 foot waterfall you will be immediately impressed. For Southern California I would say this is one of the better waterfalls in the area. It

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Endangered Species Day‬ at the Living Desert and Spring Babies!!

‪#‎EndangeredSpeciesDay‬ please pass it on…. The Living Desert is dedicated to the conservation of endangered wildlife and participates in several Species Survival Plans. The Zoo actively protects wildlife on a local, national and global scale, so Endangered Species Day is

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Vandalism in Death Valley – Offering A reward of up to $5,000

Good news: The Devils Hole vandals have been identified.Thank you to everyone that contributed helpful information! Death Valley National Park needs your help identifying these men who pulled over a gate, illegally drove off-road, shot at two locks and several

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Destroying our Desert in the name of “Green” Energy

I’m not passionate about a lot of things – but those things that I am, are closely related to the desert, whether it be historical or cultural elements, biological, or environmental. It hasn’t always been this way, as a teenager

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Climate Scientists See Evidence Drought Will End Next Winter

“The Blob” notwithstanding its silly name, this meteorological phenomenon could herald the impending end of California’s devestating drought, according to JPL’s Bill Patzert and other respected climate scientists. First noticed in the fall of 2013, “The Blob” is about 1,000

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The Salton Sea Walker – man will attempt to be first ever to walk the 116 miles shoreline in just 6 days this summer

In June 2015 one man will attempt to be the first person to ever walk around the 116 miles of Salton Sea shoreline. The attempt during summer when temperatures reach 120°F will be chronicled on the SaltonSeaWalk.com, Twitter, Facebook, Google

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Did you know April 17 is bat appreciation day? And why not?

National Bat Appreciation Day is observed annually on April 17th.  This is the best time of the year to celebrate bats, as they are now beginning to emerge from hibernation. National Bat Appreciation Day  a great time to learn about

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Sand Castles in the Coachella Valley – Awesome!

Whether it was at a beach that went on for miles or in a homemade box in the backyard, most of us can recall using buckets, shovels and water to create a sand castle or two during our childhood. Kirk

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Coachella Valley Daytrippen – Joshua Tree National Park Admission is FREE for 3 Day Weekend!

Coachella Valley Daytrippen – Joshua Tree National Park is FREE the entire 3 day President’s Day weekend. If you’re thinking of heading out to Joshua Tree National Park during the Presidents Day weekend, you’re in luck – all national park

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Renewable Energy: The Worst of the worst: Bechtel’s Soda Mountain Solar Project

Renewable Energy:  The Worst of the worst: Bechtel’s Soda Mountain Solar Project Many recreational users who I know: off-roading enthusiasts, rock hounds, hunters, backpackers and hikers have watched as federal land policy has resulted in a renewable energy gold rush

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Forget Punxsutawney Phil! California Has ‘Mojave Maxine’

Ground Hog Day has nothing on Mojave Maxine …SoCal students invited to guess when the desert tortoise will emerge.   The east coast has Punxsutawney Phil and Groundhog Day to let them know when they can expect spring. California has

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Joshua Tree National Park Sees Record Visitation in 2014

Joshua Tree National Park Sees Record Visitation in 2014 Nearly 1.6 million people visited Joshua Tree National Park in calendar year 2014, up from 1.4 million in 2013. That is good news for the park and also for the surrounding

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Salvation Mountain – A Potential Environmental Nightmare Lying in Wait?

By Death Valley Jim For many years I have been asked, “Jim, have you been to Salvation Mountain?” Which I’ve quickly answered, “No, but it looks interesting. It just isn’t very high on my list of places that I want

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DEATH VALLEY JIM; A TESTAMENT TO THE GOOD LIFE

Exploring the desert full time for the past 3 years, Death Valley Jim has found the time to write 8 books on his findings; adventuring at times for 2 weeks or more deep into places that most of us will

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27th Annual Rose Show Palm Desert Highlights

27th Annual Rose Show Palm Desert Highlights! Wake up and smell the roses! Here are a few pics in case you missed (or had no idea) yesterdays 27th Annual Rose Show at the Palm Desert Community Center! Enjoy! note these

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