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The Black Rock Lecture Series will be expanded this season to feature a panel based symposium on relevant topics affecting Joshua Tree National Park and Gateway Communities.  Academic and policy experts will analyze and assess seven core aspects of challenges to Joshua Tree National Park and the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts that surround the park.  This special symposium will replace the 2014-2015 Black Rock Lecture Series.  The programs will run from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Bell Center at Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree.  This event is  co-sponsored by Copper Mountain College.

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Each program is Free, but pre-registration is required. Please, click on the lecture topic for registration.

Fall 2014 – Spring 2015 Lecture Schedule:

 
Friday, October 17 Joshua Tree National Park – State Of The Park
Moderator: Jeff Cummings, President, Copper Mountain College
Panelists:  David Smith, Superintendent; Andrea Compton, Chief of Resources and Jennie Albrink, Chief of Interpretation
Friday, November 21  Renewable Energy Development
Moderator:  Frazier Haney, Mojave Desert Land Trust
Panelists:  Chris Clarke, KCET Environmental Writer, James Andre, Director, Granite Mountain Desert Research Center and April Sall, California Desert Coalition
Friday, January 16  Water In A Decade Of Drought
Moderator:  Frazier Haney, Mojave Desert Land Trust
Panelists:  Dr. William Patzert, California Institute of Technology; Marina West, Bighorn Desert View Water District and Kirby Brill, Mojave Water Agency
Friday, February 20, 2015  San Bernardino County Renewable Energy Development Codes Updates
Moderator:  Laraine Turk, Morongo Basin Conservation Association
Panelists:  James Ramos, Supervisor, San Bernardino County; David Lamfrom, National Parks Conservation Association and Frazier Haney, Mojave Desert Land Trust
Friday, March 20, 2015  Engaging A New Generation Of Park Stewards
Moderator:  Frazier Haney, Mojave Desert Land Trust
Panelists:  Ramina Arce, The Living Desert; Caroline Conway, The Wildlands Conservancy and  Cindy Zacks, Educator, Yucca Valley High School
Friday, April 17  Climate Change Response
Moderator:  Frazier Haney, Mojave Desert Land Trust
Panelists:  Cameron Barrows, Research Scientist, U.C. Riverside; Ian James, Investigative Reporter, The Desert Sun and JTNP Resource Staff
Friday, May 15  Putting it All Together-Achievable Action Items
Moderator:  Frazier Haney, Mojave Desert Land Trust
Panelists:  David Smith, Superintendent, Joshua Tree National Park; April Sall, Wildlands Conservancy and Dr. William McDonald, U.C. Riverside

The Bell Center at Copper Mountain College

 

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6162 Rotary Way Joshua Tree Ca 92252

Lectures start at 7 pm and are FREE!

Map to Bell center

Map & Directions

From LA and Palm Springs area:

From the 10 take Hwy 62 E exit
Drive through  Morongo Valley through the town of Yucca Valley
Into the village of Joshua Tree
Continue on Hwy 62 for 6 miles to Rotary Way
Turn left on Rotary Way
Follow Rotary Way up to Congressman Jerry Lewis Road
Turn left on Congressman Jerry Lewis Road to The Bell Center

Bell Center Community Room Symposium location, park in North parking lot and enter building from North

 

From Twentynine Palms:

Take Hwy 62 W for 9 miles
Turn right on Rotary Way
Turn left on Congressman Jerry Lewis Road
Follow up to The Bell Center

Bell Center Community Room Symposium location, park in North parking lot and enter building from North

For more information contact the Desert Institute 760-367-5535.