Vision and Mission
To work together to conserve and enhance the California Deserts for current and future generations.
The mission of the Desert Managers Group is to:
- Develop coordinated and complimentary management guidelines, practices, and programs.
- Coordinate and integrate efforts in the California deserts to:
• Conserve and restore desert resources
• Provide high quality recreation, public education, and visitor services
• Provide for safety of desert users
- Develop and integrate the databases and scientific studies needed for effective resource
management and planning.
- Promote compatibility in the application of each agency's mission.
DoD Regional Environmental Coordination Officer Navy Region Southwest
Deellen.Brasher@navy.mil - 619-532-2434
Air Weapons Station, China Lake
1 Administration Circle, NAWS China Lake, CA 93555
Air Force Base
Director, Environmental Management
5 E. Popson Ave., Bldg. 2650A, Edwards AFB, CA 93524
Training Center, Fort Irwin
Director of Public Works
ATTN: IMWE-IRW-PW, PO BOX 105093, Fort Irwin, CA 92310
Corps Air Ground Combat Center
Director of Natural Resources & Environmental Affairs
Bldg 1451, Twentynine Palms, CA 92278
Corps Logistics Base, Barstow
MCLB, Facilities & Srvcs Div, Box 110170, Barstow, CA 92311
Corps Air Station, Yuma
of the Interior
Vicki Wood 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553-9046
firstname.lastname@example.org - (951) 697-5310
of Indian Affairs
of Land Management
2601 Barstow Road, Barstow, CA 92311
- California Desert
22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos,
Moreno Valley, CA 92553
Centro Field Office
1661 So. 4th Street, El Centro, CA 92243
1303 South Hwy 95, Needles, CA 92363
Springs - South Coast Field Office
1201 Bird Center Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
300 So. Richmond Road, Ridgecrest, CA 93555
and Wildlife Service
- Palms Springs
Deputy Branch Chief,
777 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite 208
Palm Springs, CA 92261
- Desert Tortoise Recovery Office
Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office
1340 Financial Blvd, Reno, NV 89502
2493 Portola Road, Suite B, Ventura, CA 93003
Ecological Research Center, Sacramento
Modoc Hall, 3020 State University Drive East, Sacramento, CA 95819
- USGS Pacific Southwest Area
Modoc Hall, USGS, 3020 State University Drive East, Sacramento, CA 95819
of Fish and Wildlife
Inland Deserts Regional Manager
4665 Lampson Avenue, Suite J, Los Alamitos, CA 90720
of Transportation (Caltrans)
District #6 8 Representative
464 W. 4th Street, 6th Floor, San Bernardino, CA 92401
Parks, Colorado Desert Sector
Superintendent, Colorado Desert Sector
200 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
Parks, Mojave Desert Sector
District Superintendent - Tehachapi District
43779 15th Str. West, Lancaster, CA 93534
1115 Truxtun Ave fifth floor, Bakersfield, CA 93301
District 5 Supervisor
940 Main Str., Ste. 212, El Centro, CA 92243
First District Supervisor
385 N. Arrowhead Ave., 5th Floor, San Bernardino, CA 92415
Department of Agriculture
Deputy Forest Supervisor, San Bernardino National Forest
602 South Tippecanoe Ave., San Bernadino, CA 92408
Stakeholder Participation Guidelines
are working interagency staff meetings and are not required to be
open to attendance by stakeholders. However, the DMG has adopted
the attached Guidelines in hope that involving stakeholders in the
process will foster a common understanding of desert wide issues
and lead to more effective management programs. The guidelines are
intended to promote and facilitate constructive stakeholder involvement
in the Desert Managers Group (DMG) process.
Because of the difficulty
in maintaining accurate and complete e-mail lists, stakeholders
will not receive direct e-mail notification of DMG meetings. Notice
of DMG meetings will be posted on the DMG Website (www.dmg.gov)
at least 30 days prior to a meeting. Stakeholders may also call
the Department of the Interior (DOI) or Department of Defense (DOD)
Coordinators' office at 760-252-6161 or 760-365-0955 for information
about upcoming DMG meetings and events. Summaries of DMG meetings
will be posted on the DMG Website approximately two weeks after
Stakeholders who want
to attend a DMG meeting must contact either the DOI or DOD Coordinator
prior to the meeting. Please provide at least one week's notice
so that we may better accommodate your participation and attendance.
Thank you for
your interest in the DMG. If you have questions or comments please
contact the DOI or DOD Coordinator at the phone numbers or e-mail
listed in the Guidelines below.
Participation Guidelines (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
- The US Geological Survey (USGS) published Monitoring ecosystem quality and function in arid settings of the Mojave Desert: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigation Report 2008-5064.
- Interagency visitor orientation centers were established in the gateway communities.
- Facilities were shared and duplicative facilities were eliminated.
- Coordinated definitive natural and cultural resource inventory mapping.
- The completed management plans better reflect multi-agency and ecosystem-wide perspectives.
- More coordinated and effective efforts on species management, including Desert Tortoise recovery.
- DMG and US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) developed the Desert Tortoise website, which provides scientific and lay information about the federally threatened desert tortoise.
- Continuation of Desert Tortoise Information and Youth Education Program. Key accomplishments include:
- Radio and TV public service announcements distributed into the Desert, Los Angeles, and San Diego media markets.
- Public outreach and education material on the Desert Tortoise website
- Brochures and newsletters
- Primary school education kits which are tied to State education standards
- The Mojave Max Emergence Contest annual contest for students in eight southern California counties
- Media outreach through press kits and releases
- Public events
- Implemented a standardized, interagency, range-wide monitoring program for desert tortoise
- Scores illegal dumps, ranging in size from small piles of trash to large illegal landfills were cleaned up using grants and cost share agreements for California EPA.
- Establishment of the Conservation Land Acquisition Work Group (CLAWG) to plan and coordinate conservation land acquisitions. The DMG developed the CLAWG Map, which is used to spatially plan and coordinate acquisitions. The map contains resource and acquisition data from throughout the California Desert.
- FWS completion of the environmental assessment A Management Plan to Reduce Predation on Juvenile Desert Tortoises in the California Desert.
- Coordination of alternative energy development by:
- Coordinating participation in the State’s Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) and solar PEIS
- Developing a best management practices guidebook for solar applicants in the California Desert
- Coordinating among permitting agencies to develop mitigation strategies
- Serving as a focal point among agencies and cooperators for exchange of information and data related to renewable energy siting within the California Desert.
- Controlled over 1,000 acres of tamarisk
- Removed and placed in adoption almost 5000 burros from the California Desert
- Established the Mojave and Low Desert Weed Management Areas
- Established www.californiadesert.gov as a seamless online visitor’s center for the California Desert.
- Designed a smart phone application that allows visitors to document desert tortoise sightings. The app both serves as an educational tool for the users and data source for scientists.
- Hosted numerous events including:
- The Millennium Cultural Conference
- Three science symposia
- Two habitat restoration conferences
- Two illegal dumping prevention and enforcement workshops
- Interagency training on a variety of topics
- The Climate and Deserts Workshop-Adaptive Management of Desert Ecosystems in a Changing Climate.
- Coordinated and facilitated research projects in the desert
- Averted the need for endangered species act protection for desert cymopertus through coordinated monitoring
Jim Buthman of the Sonoran Institute interviews Russell Scofield, D.o.I. Coordinator for the Desert Managers Group (DMG) in California.