Seven hotspots for biological diversity, now protected

This post was originally published on this siteThe Mojave Desert Land Trust recently purchased 1,200 acres in the Sierra. These lands are home to seven springs and may be some of the most species-rich spots in Southern California. Welcome to Desert Springs. By Peter Satin, Director of Land Management MDLT Director of Land Management Peter Satin…

“I’m a ranger for a 680-acre parcel of gorgeous land”

This post was originally published on this sitePhoto: Jessica Dacey/MDLT By Chris Shinar, Mojave Desert Land Trust volunteer I moved here a few years ago to experience the natural beauty of the Mojave Desert… the wildlife, the Joshua trees and the scenery. When an opportunity to help preserve these beautiful lands appeared, I became a…

Here’s why you should become a volunteer ranger

This post was originally published on this siteThe Mojave Desert Land Trust manages 7,000 acres of pristine desert in the Morongo Basin. Community Lands Rangers are integral to helping protect those lands. Photo: Emmalyn Snead/MDLT By Peter Satin, Director of Land Management Those of us that have the good fortune to call the Morongo Basin home…

How I fell in love with my job

This post was originally published on this siteCindy Holland is MDLT’s Volunteer Coordinator. She was responsible for the AmeriCorps NCCC Gold 2 team while they served with MDLT earlier this year. I fell in love with my job through my time working with AmeriCorps NCCC Gold 2. I’ve heard countless stories of how people fall in…

AmeriCorps NCCC Gold 2: Three months in the Mojave

This post was originally published on this siteThe statistics are amazing — 969 feet of irrigation installed, 674 signs posted, 2,300 seeds sown, 9.5 tons of waste removed. How did 11 people achieve so much in such a short time? AmeriCorps NCCC team Gold 2 has ended a three-month service project with MDLT, having helped restore 3,465 acres…

Just sitting outside: A chronology of my love for the desert

This post was originally published on this siteBy Halle Kohn, Acquisitions Coordinator, Mojave Desert Land Trust Two afternoons ago, I was on my way over to my parent’s house in 29 Palms for dinner. (My dad claims that I only visit for the two L’s: Laundry and Leon. It’s not true. My mom’s cooking is also…

The silence inside Mojave Trails

This post was originally published on this siteTo date, the Mojave Desert Land Trust has acquired 10,000 acres within Mojave Trails National Monument. Over half of that is within wilderness. Image: Kyle Sullivan_BLM Mojave Trails National Monument is a true desert experience. It has everything from pristine sand dunes and sweeping vistas to ghost towns…

A new public garden is growing in Joshua Tree

This post was originally published on this siteYou can probably name 10 animals. But can you name 10 native plants? If not, then this desert demonstration garden is for you. The Mojave Desert Land Trust broke ground on a new public garden this week. A former parking lot at the Land Trust’s headquarters is being transformed into…