Mojave Desert Land Trust protects the unique living landscapes of the Mojave Desert.


  • Has conserved more than 60,000 acres of prime desert habitat, forever weaving together National Parks, wilderness areas and wildlife linkage corridors.
  • Works closely with a broad range of desert community members and visitors, as well as with local, state and federal agencies.
  • Offers hands-on learning and volunteer opportunities to residents and visitors of the desert.
  • Collaborates closely with and is supported by a diverse range of partner organizations, agencies, neighbors and visitors who treasure the desert’s unique qualities.

Our Mission—to protect the Mojave Desert ecosystem and its scenic and cultural resource values.

Our vision for the Mojave Desert includes dark night skies, clean air and water, broad views and vistas, and an abundance of native plants and animals.

Land Stewardship

  • Instills a sense of personal connection to and responsibility for the stewardship of our open lands and wild places.
  • Improves understanding of the challenges facing the fragile desert ecosystem and the importance of addressing those issues.
  • Engages individuals, communities and organizations in becoming proactive land stewards and ambassadors.
  • As land stewards we aim to exemplify stewardship of the living landscape and to help others understand, appreciate and care for the nuances of the Mojave Desert.

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Native Plant Nursery & Conservation Seed Bank

  • Grows plants for restoration in the Mojave Desert.
  • Produces plant material for projects according to contract specifications.
  • Collects and stores seed from throughout the Mojave Desert ecoregion for conservation purposes.

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Outreach and Public Engagement


MDLT strives to help everyone who lives, works, and plays in the California desert to embrace the significance of this magical landscape. Outreach & Public Engagement Activities Include:

  • Guided hikes
  • Outdoor education
  • Outreach at local fairs and festivals
  • Lectures and workshops
  • Signature programs & special events
  • Reading the Landscape  for artists creating consciously in the desert

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Our History

A Rich History Of Desert Conservation
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Our Partnerships

A Collaborative Approach To Conservation Efforts
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How We Work

We spend 83% of funds directly on program services.
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Our People

A Successful Organization Starts With A Dedicated Team
MDLT Staff and Board