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…

In conversation with Geary Hund, Executive Director

This post was originally published on this siteGeary Hund has been appointed executive director of the Mojave Desert Land Trust. He brings with him an exemplary background in this field, from his work as California Desert and Monuments Program Director for the Wilderness Society to his most recent position as senior wildlife biologist for US…

Mapping Joshua trees across the Mojave

This post was originally published on this siteWillamette University’s Chris Smith explains survey protocol to the group If you live in, visit, or care about the Mojave Desert, you’re probably quite familiar with the ungainly silhouette of its most iconic resident: the Joshua tree. Yucca brevifolia and its related species Yucca jaegeriana are endemic to the Mojave…

A photo of an MDLT herbarium print

Rare desert flower launches new herbarium at Mojave Desert Land Trust

White-margined penstemon While out on a land monitoring expedition in February 2017, a group of Mojave Desert Land Trust staff came across a very special plant. “We were going out onto our lands to monitor and collect seed, and in the process we were coming across some rare species,” says Madena Asbell, Director of Plant…

Rare desert flower launches new herbarium at Mojave Desert Land Trust

This post was originally published on this siteWhite-margined penstemon While out on a land monitoring expedition in February 2017, a group of Mojave Desert Land Trust staff came across a very special plant. “We were going out onto our lands to monitor and collect seed, and in the process we were coming across some rare species,”…

Tracking climate change through the Joshua tree

This post was originally published on this siteMeasuring a young Joshua tree on Section 33, a 624-acre wildlife linkage corridor acquired by Mojave Desert Land Trust in 2013 (Photo: Brandy Dyess) It’s 10am and the sun already feels strong. Seventh and eighth graders pile out of vans and start applying sunscreen. They’ve driven 150 miles from…

Tracking climate change through the Joshua tree

It’s 10am and the sun already feels strong. Seventh and eighth graders pile out of vans and start applying sunscreen. They’ve driven 150 miles from Grauer School near San Diego to become citizen scientists for the day. “I see you’re all wearing the right shoes,” observes Adam Henne, outreach and volunteer coordinator at Mojave Desert Land Trust. In a safety briefing he warns the group about the cholla cactus and reminds everyone to hydrate. “One more thing you’ll need to watch out for: snakes. A good rule is never to put your hands or feet where you can’t see them.”

Submit your comments: Defend the desert plan!

Our desert lands are facing a new threat. The Bureau of Land Management wants to review a plan that governs the entire California desert. It is asking for public comments and is holding a series of public meetings on a proposal that could change how desert lands are used. The public has until March 22 to submit comments to the BLM. That’s where you come in. In this article, we provide several resources to help you submit your comments or find a public meeting near you, and we provide some talking points that you can use.