Randy Banis, aka Last Chance Rand
Randy Banis is the editor of DeathValley.com and a resident of Leona Valley, located on the edge of the West Mojave desert.
In August 2008 Randy was appointed by Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne to represent the public-at-large on the Desert District Advisory Council (DAC) for the Bureau of Land Management. He was reappointed in 2011 by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, and again in 2016 by Interior Secretary Jewel. Randy has served four terms as chairman in his ten years on the Council.
Randy was a member of California's DRECP Stakeholder Group (Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan) representing the public's recreation interests among energy developers, environmentalists and local, state and federal agencies.
He is a life member of the Death Valley '49ers, the Death Valley Natural History Association, and the California Off-Road Association, a member of the Friends of Jawbone and the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert, and is also past President and a honorary life member of the Southern California Land Rover club.
Of most interest to Randy is the greater Death Valley region, particularly areas with historic & geologic ties to Death Valley itself. Though a vocal advocate for outdoor recreation, Randy is growing increasingly concerned with the health of the desert's environment and the growing impacts of humans. Randy supports the principles of "Tread Lightly," "Leave No Trace," and other responsible land use education programs.
Randy is the founder and owner of Mojave Gold (formerly Sundance MediaCom), a digital production and data management firm located in Lancaster, California. Since 1995 Mojave Gold has partnered on projects with the Washington Post, Scholastic, Inc., the American Museum of Natural History, Lectorum, Inc., General Atlantic Partners, and numerous nongovernmental organizations that partner with the Bureau of Land Management.