How to Participate in Federal Decision Making to Protect the Environment

May 18, 2019

9:30am – 3:30pm

Offered in generous partnership with Advocates for the West, Conservation Lands Foundation, and the Morongo Basin Conservation Association.

This workshop focuses on understanding the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), how it impacts many of the issues facing the desert, and how grassroots community members can impact federal land use decision making processes to protect the fragile landscape-based economy, water, air quality, and ecosystem desert residents rely upon.

Specifically, you will learn how to:

  • Understand the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the NEPA process
  • Get a crash course in three of the most pressing federal land use issues in our region: the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), the Western Mojave Management Plan (WEMO), and national monument Resource Management Plans (RMPs)
  • Understand the public commenting process and how to weigh in effectively as a grassroots community member
  • Understand how to track agency decisions, spot issues, and use the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)


  • April Sall, President of the Board, California Desert Coalition
  • Todd Tucci, Senior Attorney, Advocates for the West
  • Lizzy Potter, Staff Attorney, Advocates for the West
  • Frazier Haney, Executive Director, The Wildlands Conservancy
  • Chris Clarke, Associate Director, California Desert Program, National Parks Conservation Association