Mojave Desert Land Trust aims to acquire Juniper Canyon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 13, 2017

Contact: Frazier Haney, Conservation Director, Mojave Desert Land Trust

Phone: (760) 464-5430

frazier@mdlt.org

Mojave Desert Land Trust aims to acquire Juniper Canyon

Joshua Tree, CA – The Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT) is working to acquire a property in south Joshua Tree on the border of the national park. Because of the geological and botanical properties of the area, MDLT has named the property “Juniper Canyon.”

Juniper Canyon features 630 acres of pristine desert lands abundant with desert tortoise and pinyon-juniper habitat near the remote Covington Flats entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. The organization has been working with the community for over seven years to acquire the property. MDLT hopes to eventually convey the land to Joshua Tree National Park to consolidate the conservation goals in the land bordering the park boundaries.

“This project builds on Mojave Desert Land Trust’s effort to secure lands surrounding the national park and inside an important wildlife corridor, and ensure it is available for people to enjoy,” commented Frazier Haney, conservation director. “Protecting this local land with the help of our community and supporters will be incredibly rewarding.”

To raise the final funds for the property, MDLT is participating in this year’s Give BIG San Bernardino County, an annual day of giving to support charities serving San Bernardino County. Give BIG 2017 takes place on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, coinciding with Giving Tuesday. Participating organizations are entered to win prizes throughout the day based on the number and dollar amount of donations received.

MDLT’s goal is to raise $11,000 to finalize the purchase of Juniper Canyon. To donate in support of Juniper Canyon, visit http://www.mdlt.org/givebig2017.

The Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to protect and care for lands with natural, scenic, and cultural value within the Mojave Desert. For more information, visit www.mdlt.org

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