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…

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,”…