Preserving Habitat for Rockhounds
in the Mojave Desert
Presented by Lisbet Thoresen
The Mojave Desert attracts millions of visitors every year. Its geological features are unique in the world. Since the mid-19th century rockhounds have come to California’s deserts in search of collectable minerals. This presentation showcases some of the Mojave’s collectable minerals and historical desert localities where they are found. An overview is also presented on the changing landscape of land use policy that increasingly threatens to curtail access and accommodation of rockhounding and other low-impact recreational activities
Lisbet Thoresen is a rockhound advocate of preserving recreational opportunities for casual amateur collecting, or rockhounding, on public lands. Since 2014, she has worked on public awareness campaigns on land use policies that increasingly threaten access to collecting areas or accommodation of hobby collecting on federally managed lands, primarily in Southern California’s deserts.
Admission is $ 5 or free for Museum Members/Sponsors. Beverages will be served.