FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8, 2018
Contact: Rich Weideman, Interim Executive Director, Mojave Desert Land Trust
MDLT is a new fundraising partner for Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree, CA – The Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT) has become an official fundraising friends’ group for Joshua Tree National Park. A Philanthropic Partnership Agreement was signed that enables MDLT to raise funds and/or in-kind goods and services to support greater public understanding, conservation, and enjoyment of the Park’s resources and values.
MDLT and the Park already have a Memorandum of Understanding focused on collaborative efforts to acquire private land within and adjacent to the Park.
This new Agreement enables the Land Trust to fundraise to help the Park preserve heritage resources, understand landscape system dynamics, conserve rare and threatened species, restore habitat, protect wilderness values, and ensure quality visitor experiences and educational opportunities.
The needs of Joshua Tree National Park are diverse and can be assisted through donations and sponsorship for capital projects, operations, endowment funds, property, and programming. Donations to the Park and MDLT in the form of endowment gifts, capital gifts, memorial gifts, honor gifts, and cumulative lifetime giving are welcome and will be recognized.
“We are excited to be able to assist Joshua Tree National Park in achieving its long-term goals and in meeting its funding needs. This collaboration with the Park allows us to deepen our own mission to conserve the Mojave Desert’s natural, cultural and scenic values. This new initiative will also add another avenue in which the local community can contribute to the Park.” – Rich Weideman, Interim Executive Director, MDLT
“The dramatic increase in visitation in recent years means that the help provided by our friends and partners is more crucial now than ever,” said park superintendent David Smith.
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