Monday, February 13, 2012

Where the Wild Places Are: A Trio from Spirit Mountain Wilderness

Designated in 2002, the Spirit Mountain Wilderness encompasses over 33,000 acres in the Newberry Mountains and boasts the northernmost populations of smoke trees in the state (photo by Brian Beffort)

Spirit Mountain is sacred to the Mojave and Yuman tribes and has been designated a Traditional Cultural Property (photo by Brian Beffort)

The desert tortoise finds critical habitat here, and other sensitive species include the California leaf-nosed bat, banded Gila monster, Townsend's big-eared bat, and Yuma myotis (photo by Brian Beffort)

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