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Annual DPS Banquet

The 2014 Annual Section Banquet will be held on Sunday May 18, 2014.

Join your fellow desert explorers and friends for a wonderful evening at Luminarias Restaurant in Monterey Park.

This year's speaker will be Andy Zdon, author of the classic book "Desert Summits: A Hiking and Climbing Guide to California and Southern Nevada", who will present "From Climbing Desert Peaks to Studying Desert Ecosystems".

Social Hour and No Host Bar starts at 5:30 pm, followed at 7:00 pm by dinner and the program. The evening will be capped off by awards. Please mark your calendars and come join the fun!

Tickets are $40 until April 30th, $45 each after April 30th. Choice of Prime Rib, Salmon or Pasta Primavera. Click here to download ticket order form.


About Andy's Presentation:

From discovering the wonders of desert peaks beginning in college, to discovering today the wonders of water in the desert and the ecosystems sustained by that water, the presentation will touch on desert peaking but will focus on the pressures our desert is facing ecologically, and the exciting water resources research in the region being conducted to better understand the desert environment and lead to smarter, long-term management and decision-making.

Andy Zdon is author of the guidebook "Desert Summits: A Climbing and Hiking Guide to California and Southern Nevada".  He ascended his first desert peak, little-known Barber Point in the East Mojave in 1980 and followed up with a snowy ascent of Telescope Peak in 1981.  Peaks, peaks and more weekends and years later, Andy is researching the water resources of the California and Nevada desert.  With more than 25 years of experience in geology and hydrogeology, Andy is also a California Professional Geologist, Certified Hydrogeologist and Certified Engineering Geologist.  In 2013 he was also appointed watermaster of surface water system in the Eastern Sierra by the Inyo County Superior Court.

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