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Little Chuckwalla Wilderness

 

The Little Chuckwalla Mountains Wilderness, designated in 1994, contains 28,000 acres.  Dry, desolate and rugged, the Little Chuckwalla Mountains, cresting at 2,100 feet, are surrounded by a large, gently sloping bajada incised by a network of washes. In the northern part of the wilderness, a bajada rises gradually to about 400 feet.  In portions of the area, you may see desert bighorn sheep, and the southern bajada has been identified as crucial habitat for desert tortoises. Several sensitive plants grow in the Little Chuckwallas, including California snakeweed, Alverson's foxtail cactus and barrel cactus.

 

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Michael Soulé

  

Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz. Grandfather of Conservation Biology