A Neighborhood Stewardship Program in North Joshua Tree, CA
In our work to foster the connectivity between community and the land, MDLT is pleased to highlight our partnership program with the Stewards of the Coyote Valley (SCV). SCV is a pilot neighborhood conservation project with a group of residents and private landowners working to protect and enhance an 18 square-mile area in Joshua Tree, California.
The Coyote Valley neighborhood is characterized by the best of what the high desert has to offer: beautiful open spaces and vistas, exquisite night skies, abundant wildlife and native flora, and rural community character; and is located within a scientifically designated wildlife corridor that connects MDLT’s 635-acre Coyote Valley Parcel to Joshua Tree National Park, the 29 Palms Marine Corps Base, and the Mojave Trails National Monument.
Organized by area residents and JT Homesteaders, Jay Babcock and Stephanie Smith, along with MDLT and over fifty north Joshua Tree neighbors who care deeply about the land and their community, MDLT is sharing our methods of land stewardship and restoration to enhance our conservation efforts in the area and to celebrate our collective community values.
Since launching the SCV in December, 2015, MDLT has supported Jay and Stephanie in hosting a series of community gatherings, hikes, skills-sharing workshops and special topics programs that address the following issues and approaches:
- Mapping, Database Building, and Documentation of a critical, mostly unprotected wildlife corridor running through the project area.
- Working With Residents On Special Projects in ecology, citizen science, plant propagation and other skills-sharing projects.
- Teaching Core Stewardship Methods and how to identify and implement MDLT best-practices on the land, including collaborative work with the Bureau of Land Management to clean up and protect area BLM sites.
- Highlighting Hands-On Stewardship Strategies through hikes, landscape and habitat restoration, installing signage and wildlife-friendly fencing, and understanding land use code compliance.
- Hosting Community Gatherings And Workshops and facilitating teamwork, neighborhood watch efforts, newsletters, and collaborations to address the environmental, social and cultural attributes and challenges in the project area.
For more information on how you might organize your own Neighborhood Stewardship Program, contact Jacqueline@mdlt.org