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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 408

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve hosts Sonoran Institute briefing and tour

Members of the Sonoran Institute Board of Directors were in the Morongo Basin last week to review progress on the organization's work with the Open Space Group regarding key wildlife corridors in the region. While touring the project area, members of the Board and staff stopped by the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve for a briefing and tour of the area provided by BLM Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office staff John Kalish and Greg Hill, Big Morongo Canyon Preserve Host/Administrator Betty Zeller, Coachella Valley Association of Government's Katie Barrows and Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy's Geary Hund. (text continues below)

A woman emphasizes a point with hand gestures, as she speaks with a group of people seated on outside benches

The Institute has been working closely with the BLM, the Open Space Group, Joshua Tree National Park and the nearby Marine Air Combat base to engage communities and citizens in and around Morongo Basin on land use planning issues, as it relates to protecting vital wildlife habitat and migration corridors.

The Sonoran Institute inspires and enables community decisions and public policies that respect the land and people of western North America. Founded in 1990, the Sonoran Institute is a nonprofit organization that is working to shape the future of the West.

Related information:

Sonoran Institute

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve (BLM-California website)

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve (Friends of Big Morongo Canyon Preserve website)

A man presents information to the group, seated on benches amid the native grasses and trees

Attendees pose for a large group portrait

- John Kalish, Field Manager, BLM-California Palm Springs/South Coast Field Office

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 408

Last updated: 11-12-2009