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January 31, 2011 – Court Orders Redo of Federal ORV Plan for Millions of Acres in California's West Mojave Desert

April 2, 2010 – New Habitat Protections Proposed for California Desert Plant Threatened With Extinction

August 27, 2010 – Lawsuit Filed to Protect Desert Tortoise From Mining

January 4, 2010 – Judge Overturns Decision to Open Off-road Vehicle Routes That Hurt Tortoise

November 2, 2009 – Mojave Desert Victory for Clean Air and Climate: Court Invalidates Rule Granting Pollution Offsets for Road Paving

September 29, 2009 – Bush-era Plan Authorizing Off-road Vehicles on Federal Lands in Mojave Desert Found Illegal by Court

October 10, 2008 – Disastrous Desert Tortoise Translocation Suspended

September 17, 2008 – Public Land Seizure for Military Bombing Range Threatens California Desert and Desert Tortoise

July 2, 2008 – Lawsuit Filed to Stop Disastrous Army Relocation Project From Killing More Desert Tortoises

March 17, 2008 – Desert Tortoise Relocation Challenged: Proposed “Mitigation” for Fort Irwin Expansion May Do More Harm Than Good

October 25, 2007 – Judge Orders Conservation Groups Included in Mojave National Preserve Lawsuit

October 2, 2007 Judge Orders Stay to Protect Public Lands From Increased Cattle Grazing in Desert Tortoise Habitat

August 14, 2006 – Agency Staff, Rural Residents and Conservation Groups Challenge Off-road Vehicle Abuse and Desert Mismanagement

April 10, 2006 – Mojave Fringe-toed Lizard Moves Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection

May 16, 2005 – Conservationists Win Critical Habitat Agreement for Mojave Rare Plants Near St. George, Utah

April 6, 2005 – Park Service Rescinds Approval of Mojave “Guzzlers” Facing a Lawsuit, Agency Withdraws Its Okay for Artificial Watering in Desert Park

March 17, 2005 – Unpermitted West Mojave Off-road Race a Threat to Endangered Desert Wildlife and Habitat

March 1, 2005 – Artificial Watering Expansion Threatens Wildlife at Mojave National Preserve; Political Appointees at Interior Vetoed Park Objections; Lawsuit Filed

September 27, 2004 – Biologists Go to Court for Mojave Rare Plant Habitat

May 27, 2004 – Biologists Move to Protect Mojave Rare Plant Habitat

June 24, 2003 – Bush Administration Faces Legal Challenge to 3.2-million Acre California Desert Off-Road Plan

June 20, 2002 – Conservation Groups Petition Secretary Norton and National Park Service to Regulate Hunting in Mojave National Preserve

May 30, 2002 – Conservationists File Formal Protest of Viceroy Gold Patents Within Mojave National Preserve and BLM California Desert Conservation Area

March 6, 2002 – Mojave Spring Grazing Restrictions in Effect to Protect Desert Tortoise on Half a Million Acres

September 7, 2001 U.S. Bureau of Land Management Puts Mojave Grazing Restrictions in Full Effect to Benefit Tortoise, Conservation Groups Back BLM

September 6, 2001 Conservationists Ready for Further Legal Action to Protect Mojave Desert Tortoise From Livestock Industry

July 16, 2001 – Fort Irwin Expansion Legislation Blasted by Conservation Coalition; Fragile Mojave Desert at Risk

April 5, 2001 – Center Convenes First California Desert Forum Strategy Retreat in the East Mojave

Photo © Robert Thomas and Margaret Orr, California Academy of Sciences