What Can I Do?
Make your voice heard! If you love Conglomerate Mesa, don’t waste this pivotal moment to protect a truly irreplaceable Eastern Sierra desert landscape.
3 Easy Steps to Submitting Comments by the Oct. 16 Deadline:
1) Review ProtectConglomerateMesa.com, the official website of the Conglomerate Mesa Coalition, to learn more about the unique and important values that make Conglomerate Mesa special.
2) Use this information to inspire your own written comments that advocate for protecting Conglomerate Mesa. Remember, introduce yourself, share your connection to the area, and advocate for conservation in your own words!
Some of the values you might want to highlight include:
Cultural/Spiritual/Recreational Importance – Conglomerate Mesa lies in ancestral lands sacred to both the Paiute and Shoshone people, who still engage in pinyon nut gathering and other traditional activities there. For the greater community, it is a tranquil place for solitude, meditation, stunning photography, backpacking/camping and dark desert sky viewing.
Conglomerate Mesa is a Refuge for Sensitive and Rare Plants and Animals:
A large, thriving, Joshua Tree forest is successfully reproducing on and adjacent to the Mesa. Because of climate change, Joshua Trees will likely disappear from Joshua Tree National Park this century; therefore, the presence of hundreds of baby and juvenile Joshua Trees at the higher altitudes of Conglomerate Mesa provides hope.
Plants endemic to the area, such as the Inyo Rock Daisy, recently accepted for listing under the California Endangered Species Act, and the Badger Thread Plant, just discovered in 2019, are extremely vulnerable.
Mule deer, mountain lions, coyotes, roadrunners, raptors, and many other birds, rodents and reptiles inhabit the Mesa. It is their home, their castle.
Geological Significance – The Mesa is a geological formation that preserves fossils dating back to the Permian Period (289.9 – 259.9 million years ago) and provides an unusually complete record that is key to unraveling the evolution of the continental edge of the Southwestern U.S.
3) Once you have drafted your comments, submit them to the Ridgecrest BLM in one of the following ways: