The Hidden Valley south of Las Vegas is an open, dry stretch of desert scrub and craggy, beige mountains. It’s public land. For some, it might look like a landscape from the movie Dune. But Kyle Roerink, executive director of the Great Basin Water Network, sees it as part of an iconic, and fragile, ecosystem.
“We are looking out at a beautiful tract of the Mojave Desert,” he says.
Roerink says it's vital that this swath of land is protected. It's adjacent to the Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area and home to threatened species.