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.