The NASA video above shows the extent of Las Vegas' urban sprawl since 1972.
Along the Mojave River in California, the Tapestry project could result in the destruction of nearly 9 square miles of juniper woodland and chaparral habitat in the Summit Valley to make way for at least 16,196 homes. The area is popular for hiking, jogging, and mountain bike riding. During environmental surveys, biologists observed or detected western pond turtles, coastal horned lizards, bobcats, mule deer, mountain lion, the endangered Arroyo toad, and over 100 species of birds. The area also hosts many special status plant species, such as the San Bernardino Mountains owl's-clover.
|Desert grasslands in the western Mojave, like the example above in the Antelope Valley, predominantly fall under private ownership and are at risk of falling to urban sprawl and energy development.|
Over the past few years many of us have mobilized to speak up in favor of protecting our favorite desert places on public lands. But land ownership is not in harmony with the beautiful continuity of desert valleys and washes, and some spectacular wildlands exist on privately-held lands.