Protect Conglomerate Mesa

Photo: Neal Nurmi

Bordered by the Inyo Mountains and Malpais Mesa Wilderness, Conglomerate Mesa is an unroaded, undeveloped, wild, and rugged landscape. So that is to say, it’s a beautiful, special place. Dotted with Joshua tree and Pinyon and Juniper, Conglomerate Mesa is a recently designated California Desert National Conservation Land and Friends of the Inyo has been working for its protection since 2008.

Conglomerate Mesa is, once again, under attack from mining interests. Conglomerate is the first roadless area in California targeted for development under the Trump administration.

SSR, Inc. proposes to drill seven exploratory drill sites to locate gold deposits in the heart of this roadless area. The Environmental Assessment, currently open for public comment through Nov 13th, 2017, has four alternatives: a no-action alternative, the construction of an overland route, opening a previously closed mining route, and a helicopter access alternative. If gold is located during the exploratory drilling phase the next step will be a proposal for an open pit mine. The Environmental Assessment is required to comply with Conservation Management Actions and Disturbance Caps outlined in the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan.

 

Friends of the Inyo is taking the lead on protection of this wild place but we need your help. Donate to this cause, become a volunteer or submit a letter to BLM.

To inquire about protecting this amazing place, email Jora.