The mission of the Alliance for Desert Preservation is to protect the environmental and economic well-being of the High Mojave Desert and to support a sustainable future, while safeguarding against activities that may harm the High Mojave Desert. We support renewable energy when it is responsibly planned and intelligently situated. The Alliance is a nonprofit mutual-benefit corporation.

DSC_1632 Our desert landscape would be devastated by industrial-scale energy development. 


The Alliance for Desert Preservation’s first campaign was No On Windmills, a concerted effort to stop the North Peak Wind Project and the Coolwater-Lugo Transmission Project. Although the North Peak proposal has been dropped, we remain opposed to Coolwater-Lugo, and highly vigilant regarding any industrial-scale energy development in the High Desert. Such development will cause irreparable damage to the environment and alter forever the way of life for High Desert residents.

The Coolwater-Lugo project, with its 63 miles of high-power transmission lines and towers, would invite even more destructive energy development to the High Desert. We are also campaigning for the preservation of Juniper Flats, a region of High Desert ridgelines adjacent to the San Bernardino National Forest, and home to numerous endangered and threatened species. Development of Juniper Flats would be an environmental catastrophe. The Alliance is seeking National Conservation Land status for this beautiful and fragile area.

The Alliance also takes a larger view. The entire California desert region has been hit with massive energy development proposals—many of which appear to be hasty attempts to take advantage of current government subsidies. All the while, four state and federal agencies have spent five years quietly crafting the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), which will become a blueprint for the future of renewable energy on 22.5 million acres of California desert. A draft of the DRECP, together with a joint Environmental Impact Statement/Report, was issued in September 2014. The draft plan targets the High Desert for intense energy development. The Alliance is carefully scrutinizing the plan and is taking a very active role in public-comment meetings in October and November.

DSC_1702Magnificent views from Juniper Flats.

The Alliance is made up entirely of volunteers: individual High Desert property owners, residents, and friends of the desert. We are a pure grassroots organization. If you are interested in helping us preserve the future of our beautiful desert, join us!

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  1. Sarah Kennington

    I am in agreement with the Alliance for Desert Preservation regarding appropriate siting of renewal energy installations. Please keep me posted. I will also relay information onto the Morongo Basin Conservation Association (MBCA). I am President of the MBCA, a like-minded organization. Let us know how we can support your efforts!

    1. Sabra Chili


      Thank you for stopping by the ADP website. We will be posting some new events here soon. In the meantime, let your people know that they can easily send letters and sign the petitions on our site. Click on “Take Action” and the letters are available.

      Also, if you would like to join ADP, it’s free and every member helps our cause.

      Shall we put you on our emailing list?

      Best regards, Sabra

  2. David Garmon

    I am trying to reach Mr. Nadler and/or Mr. Zemenak regarding the DRECP. It appears our organizations have similar understandings of, and opposition to, the DRECP. I would like to discuss coordinating efforts. My number is 619 787-9121.

  3. Janice Miyakawa

    Clearly distributed energy generation is key, producing energy where it is needed. No need to destroy the environment and create costs transporting it to a distant area. Obvious that the energy companies can not capitalize on subsidies and serve their own profits in such a model .

    “In the Name of Green” video is beautiful. I love the desert space.

  4. Pearl Martin

    The weak link in ADP’s mission statement is in protecting the “economic well-being” of the desert. I suspect the hidden agenda has to do with mining and off-road vehicle interests in this area, since the ADP has come out against monument status for these great lands. Despite the monuments protecting all existing and current mining claims and established off-road areas within the proposed monuments, ADP is publicly opposed to giving these epic landscapes monument status. Makes little sense to me.

    1. John Zemanek

      Your point is that at least National Monument status will stop the mines and the OHV’ers in one area – Mojave Trails. This assumes that large swaths of the California desert are going to be given over to development regardless of what we do, and that half a loaf is better than none. ADP believes that we can do much better than half a loaf, because if enough people speak up at the right time and in the right way, public officials will listen.
      We have nothing to do with the mines or the OHV’ers. The economic well-being of the desert depends on keeping and nurturing the very things that attract residents and visitors: the beautiful vistas, the fragile ecosytems, the incredible diversity of species, the air, the water. Right now the biggest single threat to the environmental and economic well-being of the desert is the DRECP’s plan to place 20,000 MW of utility-scale renewable energy projects in the desert. The President has ordered that 20,000 MW of such projects be placed on federal lands, and although “federal lands” means nationwide, the DRECP agencies invoke it frequently as a “mandate” just for the California desert.
      If the President now carves out new National Monuments in our desert, the DRECP will funnel big RE projects into whatever is left. We won’t even be talking about half a loaf – we’ll be talking about crumbs. Meanwhile the “National Monuments” will be neglected and grossly underfunded. Again, not much of a bargain. We can do better.

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    “Visitors come from across the country and around the world to experience Route 66, its history, and our unique desert landscape,” explained Jim Conkle, chair of the Route 66 Alliance. “This bill will preserve an important link to our past while also investing in our future.”

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