Yahoo News: New data shows the darkest skies above Mojave Trails National Monument

Interns with the Mojave Desert Land Trust’s Women in Science Discovering Our Mojave (WISDOM) program recently completed a year-long study measuring the sky’s brightness at 16 locations in the monument. Collecting the data was the first step as part of the Bureau of Land Management’s efforts to receive Dark Sky Sanctuary status for the monument….

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Desert Sun: New data shows the darkest skies above Mojave Trails National Monument

Mojave Trails National Monument might qualify as an International Dark Sky Sanctuary, according to new data released Tuesday by the Mojave Desert Land Trust. The 1.6 million acre monument borders Joshua Tree National Park to the south, and partially surrounds the Mojave National Preserve. Interns with the Mojave Desert Land Trust’s Women in Science Discovering…

Hi-Desert Star: Burned land has lessons to teach about recovery

JOSHUA TREE — High school students from a west Los Angeles school recently recorded plant growth in land that burned in an arson fire as recovery efforts begin. “We’re using a tough situation hoping to contribute to the greater good of the desert,” said Cody Hanford, co-executive director of the Mojave Desert Land Trust. In…

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Saving Land: 100,000 Acre Milestone

The California desert is a strange and beautiful place. Working to keep it that way is the Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT), which recently reached a milestone of conserving 100,000 acres since its founding 15 years ago. Much of the group’s work involves acquiring and transferring land to public agencies for permanent protection, from 900…

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Desert Sun: Mojave Desert Land Trust has new executive directors

The Mojave Desert Land Trust has announced members of a new executive team to lead the organization. Cody Hanford and Kelly Herbinson will serve as joint executive directors, sharing the overall responsibility of leading the organization, once outgoing director Geary Hund steps down on Sunday, according to the organization. Read more here.

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LA Times: Summer superbloom? Showy flowers pop in Mojave Desert

Los Angeles Times No you aren’t seeing things. Some Southern California deserts are blooming right now. Yellow carpets of native chinchweed popped in parts of the Mojave Desert in late August. “The late summer bloom is due to some areas receiving considerable rain in July and August,” Madena Asbell, director of plant conservation at the Mojave…

Hi-Desert Star: Locals work to save wildlife in Morongo Valley

Hi-Desert Star MORONGO VALLEY — With wildfires raging throughout California, wildlife is coming down from the mountains and flocking to the Morongo Basin. In Morongo Valley, locals say they are seeing unprecedented numbers of deer, sheep, bears and other animals and they are urging visitors to the valley to keep an eye out for the…