About Letters From the Desert

This is an email newsletter written by Chris Clarke. Who is me. I live in Twentynine Palms, California with my ecologist-idealist wife Lara and our dogs, Heart and Jack.

I have written for a large number of different venues including KCET TV in Los Angeles, where I was environment editor, Earth Island Journal (which I edited from 1999-2007), and my now-offline blog Creek Running North/Coyote Crossing. I also put in a few years as a nationally syndicated gardening columnist for the Knight-Ridder chain. These days much of my creative energy not shown here goes into my podcast 90 Miles from Needles, which I produce with my good friend Alicia Pike.

I work these days to protect wild places in the California desert. I may use this newsletter on occasion to proselytize for the desert having intrinsic value independent of what it can do for people, or to ask you to call your legislators to defend that value. You have been notified.

I cannot respond to every single email or comment, but I do read them all and enjoy most of them.

If you choose a paid subscription, the money goes to support 1) my writing and 2) the podcast, so I thank you.

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Natural history, environmental issues, and other ruminations from the Mojave Desert by Chris Clarke


Chris Clarke

Co-host of 90 Miles from Needles, the Desert Protection podcast