About Newberry/Harvard

silver valley 

The Newberry Springs area is an unincorporated area of San Bernardino County, in the Mojave Desert, consisting of about 100 square miles,  located at the eastern end of Silver Valley, and  encompassing the areas between and immediately adjacent to Interstates 15 and 40.

The NSHPOA welcomes members from far outside our area as well as from the Barstow, Daggett, Yermo, Harvard, and Newberry Springs areas.

Commercial activity in the area is largely agricultural, with alfalfa and pistachio farming as the  as the main agricultural activities. There are also several significant mining operations in the area.

As an unincorporated area, our communities are locally governed both by the County of San Bernardino, and to a lesser degree by Community Services Districts, or CSD's.

In our Silver Valley area, Yermo, Daggett, and Newberry Springs are all served by their own, publicly elected Community Service Districts, Yermo and Daggett having their own municipal water organizations and all having separate volunteer fire departments.

desert sunflowerOur Desert Environment

Our area enjoys a variety of desert flora and fauna as well as a large variety of non-native trees and vegetation.

At an average elevation  of 2000 feet, we usually enjoy the change of seasons with extraordinary temperature differences between the summer and winter months.

In the summer, the weather is usually hot, but we also enjoy spring and fall seasons with very pleasant moderate temperatures.  Our winters, although frequently cold,  generally reach freezing temperatures only at night and warm significantly during the day.  Months between December and June are frequently blustery with occasionally very high winds.

Reflections of Hildamae Vogt

Editor's Note: Hildamae has long since passed on, but her sentiments are as current today as they were long ago. The issues that she faced have cropped up again and again; water, waste disposal, and more recently, governmental efforts to change the face of our Service District.

Hildamae and why are we here.

Nobody has ever said it better than one of our founders and staunch members, the late Hildamae Voght: Sadly, our community lost Hildamae in the Spring of 2003, and she now rests in the Pioneer Cemetery in Daggett, twelve miles east of Newberry Springs on National Trails Highway (Old Route 66), as was her wish.

After her husband's death in 1971, Hildamae lived in the Chuckawalla Dunes area of Newberry Springs - virtually in the riverbed of the Mojave - for more than thirty years, and wrote often for various publications, including the Baker Valley News. She initiated and wrote the Property Owners newsletter, and she had a unique perspective and philosophy regarding our high desert lifestyle. The following excerpts are from her "What Is A Property Owners Association And What Can It Do For You".

"Let's begin with what it is not. It is not a Chamber of Commerce that acts to promote business in the area. It is not a Home Owners Association that tells its members what color they may paint their house and where they can park their cars and trucks. It is not a benevolent organization such as the Rotary, Lions or Kiwanis Club that work nationwide for various causes.

A Property Owners Association is organized by the citizens of a community to give them the combined numbers to protect their investment in their homesites and their vacant lands. There are approximately 4,000 property owners here in Newberry Springs. When united voices speak, those who believe there are only cactus, jackrabbits and sidewinders in the desert have to listen.

A good example: Many of us remember about thirty-five years ago when the San Bernardino Supervisors seriously considered contracting with Los Angeles to allow them to truck and ship their wet sludge here and spread it on Troy Dry Lake. This would bring flies, other vectors, blowing trash, spread disease, and pollute our water table. The Newberry Springs Water Association spoke for the community at that time. The Supervisors listened to the busloads of us who attended their meetings. They gave up the idea when faced with the numbers.

However, water was the only subject the association could work for and soon there were many other concerns that threatened our investments. That is when it disbanded and the Property Owners Association took its place.

Later, the County Supervisors decided that this would be an ideal location for 40 Chino dairies. Each alfalfa field could have a dairy on one corner. That it might be next to your home didn't matter to them. This Organization recommended that they stay in a group, as at Chino, and locate in the far northeastern part of the valley, downwind and downstream to protect the water table. They declined this idea, but it took the combined voices of the community to prevent the scattered dairies.

Over the years this Property Owners Association has addressed and solved issues that concern the welfare of this community

Support the Newberry Springs/Harvard Real Property Owners Association, so they will be here when you need them. You are fortunate to have an active Association. Safeguard your property investment, and property rights. By being a member you help support a strong voice that can and will be heard. As a responsible property owner, don't you think you should be a member?"

Thank you, Hildamae!