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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…

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…

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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…