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OUR MISSION: Mojave Desert Land Trust protects the Mojave Desert ecosystem and its scenic and cultural resource values.


We Want to Hear from You...

- Have you been to the Chuckwalla Desert Wildlife Management Area?
(along the Bradshaw Trail, Wiley’s Well Road, Midway Well Road)

Mojave Desert Land Trust is applying for a grant from the California OHMVR (Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation) Division to help manage off-highway vehicle travel in MDLT’s Chuckwalla Desert Wildlife Management Area. This grant will fund the placement of signs along the legal routes of travel and kiosks that contain maps, rules and regulations, and literature on the importance of the area as wildlife habitat, especially for the federally threatened desert tortoise.
We encourage our members and the public to provide input on this project. You can comment on our Preliminary Grant Application by doing the following:

  1. Go to the California OHMVR Division home page:
  2. Hover with your mouse over “Grants” at the top of the screen.
  3. Click on “On-line Grants Application (OLGA)”
  4. Click on “Public Review Instructions” on the left side of the screen
  5. Download the Microsoft Word document named “PUBLICCOMMENTINSTRUCTIONS”
  6. Review the instructions and once you are inside the system please review our application
  7. Send your comments by email to and CC

Comment period closes Monday, April 6th.
Thank you for your input!

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Mojave Desert Land Trust’s service area
encompasses the eastern Mojave Desert,
reaching from Death Valley National Park
to the Mexico border.  This region
includes three national parks,
five military installations, forty five
BLM Wilderness areas and several
major population centers.

Click here to view a map of our service area.

MDLT has moved

Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT) has relocated its headquarters two miles west of our former location in downtown Joshua Tree. The building and grounds continue to be a work-in-progress and we invite you to stop by our Open House from 11am-2pm on Saturday, April 11th for a chance to see what’s new and what’s to come.

We’re truly inspired by the significance of this new location – in a wildlife linkage with a view of our Gateway Parcel Section 33 – and excited to carry forth our mission from a place that accurately reflects and effectively represents our organizational vision and its commitment to the Mojave Desert ecosystem. We look forward to welcoming you to our new home and we appreciate your continued support!

Our new address is:
P.O. Box 1544 • 60124 29 Palms Hwy (at Olympic Rd) • Joshua Tree, CA 92252

The California Desert is a functioning intact ecosystem, stretching across 29 million acres, or 28% of California’s landmass.  It is home to rare plants and magnificent creatures – a place of scenic wonder and tremendous biological diversity.  In the fast growing West, the threats to this priceless heritage are greater than ever.  Many plants are threatened or endangered, star-filled night skies are impacted by light pollution, wildlife habitat is fragmented, and wildlife corridors are disrupted by development.

Mojave Desert Land Trust conserves land with important biological, cultural and scenic values.  Our work helps to secure the biodiversity, beauty, and integrity of healthy desert ecosystems for future generations to enjoy.  We have protected 50,000 acres of desert land through acquisition, land stewardship and strategic partnerships.

"Feinstein Legislation Will Protect California Desert Heritage"...MDLT joins Conservation Lands Foundation and others in applauding Senator Feinstein's leadership and vision on behalf of the California deserts.

  • Become an MDLT member by joining online today

  • Make a donation and support the preservation of desert wild lands

  • Join our group of volunteers and enjoy the great outdoors in a meaningful way

  • Attend one of our educational events and learn more about the California Desert

  • Buy an MDLT t-shirt or tote-bag to show your support for desert conservation

Painting ©
Diane Best
Landscape painting of the great Mojave Desert by Diane Best.

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