Studies and Reports
Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) Independent Science Panel Based on Review of Draft DRECP
Materials - August 2012: The Independent Science Panel reviewed the DRECP draft plans and slammed them for their inadequacies
and lack of protection for healthy ecosystems and threatened desert species.
Impacts of Visitor Spending on the Local Economy - Joshua Tree National Park, 2010: Total visitor spending in 2010 inside
the park and in Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and Twentynine Palms was $58.8 million including $6.4 million inside the park.
ECONOMIC OASIS: Revealing the True Value of the Mojave Desert: This report highlights the substantial economic and
other benefits of protecting the Mojave, reinforcing why it merits protection. It concludes with recommendations on what we must do to
adequately protect and preserve this special place - now and into the future.
Morongo Basin Conservation Priorities Report: A strategy for preserving conservation values: In 2008, the Open Space
Group and the Sonoran Institute implemented a community-wide regional conservation planning process from which emerged five
conservation values that were used for setting conservation priorities for the Morongo Basin.
Morongo Basin Alternative Futures: Between 2006 and 2012, communities in the Morongo Basin of California came together as
the Morongo Basin Open Space Group to develop and implement collaborative approaches to regional conservation planning.
Model Desert Wildlife Connectivity and Habitat Overlay Ordinance: In 2010, the Sonoran Institute obtained funding from the
Patagonia Environmental Grants Program to support the development of a model wildlife protection overlay ordinance for desert
regions, with a focus on the project lands of the Morongo Basin Open Space Group.
Argonne National Labratory and U.S. Department of Energy: These powerpoints are from a Solar Workshop held on
February 20-22, 2013