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Stop urban sprawl near Joshua tree

Action: Wildlife Conservation

November 3, 2015   Action Alert ID# 293

 

In Southern California, a zombie project killed off once before is staggering upright again. We need your help to shut it down for good. The proposal: To build a new city just south of Joshua Tree National Park. The leapfrog housing development would sprawl across 5,000 acres and sit dozens of miles from the nearest towns in the Coachella Valley.

The mega-development would also pave over existing habitat for rare plants and animals, including desert tortoises and bighorn sheep. And it would destroy a huge ephemeral wash with rare small-leaved trees that has provided crucial habitat for migratory birds in this arid landscape since the Pleistocene.

The planners' absurdly named "Paradise Valley" is the epitome of poorly sited sprawl development in a landscape already short on water and quickly warming and drying due to climate change.

November 3, 2015   Action Alert ID# 293

 

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