AmeriCorps team removes 9.5 tons of trash from desert

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April 9, 2019

A team of 11 members from AmeriCorps, a national service organization, is nearing the end of a three-month project of restoring more than 3,400 acres in the Mojave and Sonoran deserts. Reporter Rebecca Havely says the volunteers removed trash, installed signs, and worked in native plant nurseries…

Working with the Mojave Desert Land Trust, the AmeriCorps team monitored the land trust’s properties and removed more than 9 ½ tons of trash, including carpets, TVs, and glass from conservation lands. At the land trust’s headquarters in Joshua Tree, the team installed 969 feet of irrigation in the native plant nursery and sowed over 2,300 native plants. Team members also established the infrastructure for a new public demonstration garden. The team also installed 674 signs marking legal off-highway vehicle routes in the Chuckwalla Bench. This past weekend, the volunteers went to Afton Canyon to help in a riparian tree-planting project coordinated by the Bureau of Land Management.

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