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Illegal pot invades California’s deserts, bringing violence, fear, ecological destruction

LA Times “Large-scale marijuana grows can inflict tremendous damage on desert lands and resources,” said Cody Hanford, deputy executive director of the nonprofit Mojave Desert Land Trust. “In preparation for growing, parcels are often scraped of vegetation, killing both plants and wildlife, including desert tortoise. Deep depressions are dug into the earth, and wells are…

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Voice: It’s time to care for (and properly fund) our national conservation lands

I recently went camping in the Mojave Trails National Monument, a 1.6 million-acre paradise in the California Desert. From there, it’s a short drive to the Mojave National Preserve. I am always struck by these unique landscapes — the preserve has the largest Joshua tree forest on earth. It was sobering to see the aftermath of…

Z107.7 FM: Mojave Desert Land Trust now accepting donations of vehicles

The Mojave Desert Land Trust has partnered with Car Donation Wizard to introduce a new way for people to donate. If you’ve outgrown your current car, you can now donate your used vehicle to help protect the living landscapes of the Mojave Desert. The Mojave Desert Land Trust is now accepting donations of vehicles including,…

Travel + Leisure: Mojave Trails National Monument could be America’s next Dark Sky Sanctuary

Travel + Leisure At 1.6 million acres, it’s the largest national monument in the contiguous U.S. — and it’s almost entirely empty. Protected by President Obama in 2016 after a 20-year effort to protect this vast area, Mojave Trails National Monument in southeastern California is an untouched wilderness of mountains, volcanic spires, dunes, wetlands, Joshua tree woodlands, petroglyphs and the longest…

Mojave Desert Land Trust conserves 80 acres within Joshua Tree National Park

Redlands Community News The Mojave Desert Land Trust has purchased two 40-acre parcels in the southwest section of Joshua Tree National Park. The acquisitions are in a mountainous area within the park boundary when it was expanded around when it was elevated to national park status in 1994. The park boundary now follows natural features…

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LA Times: The Wild Newsletter

Los Angeles Times: The Wild Once upon a time, you could look up and see the stars in the night sky. That’s harder to do these days for the 82% of Americans who live in cities that cast a wide urban glow. International Dark Sky Week, April 5-12, aims to raise awareness about the downside of…

Mojave Desert Land Trust helping rehab Whitewater Preserve

Z107.7 FM Whitewater Preserve’s efforts to restore areas affected by last year’s Water Fire are off to a great start, thanks to the Mojave Desert Land Trust. The Land Trust is providing seeds from its conservation seed bank for the restoration project. Thanks to hard-working volunteers and Whitewater’s dedicated rangers, they’ve been able to sow…

Mojave Ranch is Attracting Rare Species

Desert Report March 2021 The temperature was creeping up to 98 degrees and Justin Streit was thankful for the shade of the cottonwood. It was the last day of his bird surveys at Palisades Ranch, and he had already seen a few new yellow warblers on Plot 7 and a recently occupied Cooper’s hawk nest…