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


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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.

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Photos © Julianne Koza and Drew Reese

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.



Dec. 6th Chuckawalla Bench
Head for one of our favorite spots when the Wilderness Society will partner with the Mojave Desert Land Trust to lead a day-long driving tour of Chuckwalla Basin on the historic Bradshaw Trail. Read more...




Watch the Oct. 17th Black Rock Symposium
Thanks David Smith for mentioning our work and welcome to Joshua Tree!



A new push for protecting public lands in the desert (video link)
Joshua Tree National Park celebrates its 20th year as a national park. However there are environmental challenges ahead for the Joshua tree as a changing climate threatens its existence. (The Desert Sun)

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

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

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