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The Black Rock Symposiums Spring 2017 The Black Rock Symposium is a panel-based discussion on relevant topics affecting Joshua Tree National Park and Gateway Communities.  Academic and policy experts will analyze and assess five core aspects of challenges to Joshua Tree National Park and the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts that surround the park.    The programs will run from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Bell Center at Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree and are free to the public.  This symposium series is underwritten by California Grassroots Fund of the Rose Foundation and supported by a partnership with Copper Mountain College.

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January 20, 2017 Challenges to California Desert National Parks and Monuments Panelists include:  David Smith, Superintendent,  Joshua Tree National Park; Todd Suess, Superintendent, Mojave National Preserve; Josh Hoines, Chief of Resources, Death Valley National Park.

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February 24, 2017 How To Make Your Voice Heard On Conservation Issues in an Uncertain Political Climate Panelists:  Mike Young, Associate Director of Campaigns & Organizing, California League of Conservation Voters, Brendan Cummings, Conservation Director, Center for Biological Diversity and Lydia Ball-Van Note, Political Strategies Consultant.

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March 17, 2017 Creating New Park and Land Steward Managers Panelists Include: Moderator: Laraine Turk, Joshua Tree National Park Association ; Frazier Haney, Mojave Desert Land Trust; Candice Weber, College of the Desert

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April 21, 2017 Grass Root Activism in the Morongo Basin Ruth Reiman, “Solar Carports at Morongo Unified School District”; Tom O’Key, “Project Bobcat:  Bobcat Trapping Legislation”; Seth Shteir, “Sand to Snow National Monument” and Laraine Turk, "Dark Sky Alliance"

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May 19, 2017 Joshua Tree National Park’s Valued Partnerships Moderator: David Smith, Joshua Tree National Park; David Pylman, Co-Captain, Joshua Tree Search and Rescue, Danielle Segura, ED, Mojave Desert Land Trust; Kurt Russo, ED, Native American Land Conservancy; Meg Foley, ED, Joshua Tree National Park Association; TBD, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center
 
Lectures start at 7 pm and are FREE!

 Map to Bell centerMap & Directions

From LA and Palm Springs area:

From the 10 take Hwy 62 E exit Drive through  the towns of Morongo Valley, Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree After approximately 6.5 miles Turn Left (North) on Rotary Way. Follow signs to the Bell Center at Copper Mountain College From Twentynine Palms: Take Hwy 62 W approximately 9.5 miles Turn right on Rotary Way Follow signs to the Bell Center at Copper Mountain College For more information contact the Desert Institute 760-367-5535.