Mojave Desert Land Trust aims to acquire Juniper Canyon

The Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT) is working to acquire a property in south Joshua Tree on the border of the national park. Because of the geological and botanical properties of the area, MDLT has named the property “Juniper Canyon.”

Mojave Desert Seed Bank launches membership program

The Mojave Desert Seed Bank has come a long way since the first fishhook cactus seeds were collected from one of MDLT’s protected properties 18 months ago. Now with over 320 collections, the seed bank has launched a membership program. Founding members, including outdoor champions Patagonia and renowned naturalist Robin Kobaly, were honored on Sunday.

Mojave Desert Land Trust statement on the introduction of the Environmental Justice Bill 2017

The Mojave Desert Land Trust has issued a statement in support of the landmark bicameral Environmental Justice Act of 2017, introduced by U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and U.S. Rep. Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA) on October 23, 2017. This bill enables those most disproportionately at risk to bring lawsuits directly against an entity or agency based on the Civil Rights Act, places a greater requirement on polluters to consider the ambient and cumulative impacts on air quality, and obliges agencies to report to Congress on certain metrics related to regulated pollutants.

DOI rolls back environment protections for Mojave water project

MDLT is troubled to learn of a Department of Interior decision that weakens environmental protections around a controversial water project in the Mojave Desert. MDLT strongly disagrees with the Bureau of Land Management ruling made public Monday stating Cadiz Inc does not need a federal permit to build a 43-mile pipeline along a railroad right-of-way situated on public lands in the Mojave.

MDLT Response to Department of the Interior Withholding Recommendations for CA Desert National Monuments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 24, 2017 Contact: Jacqueline Guevara, Director of Education and Outreach, Mojave Desert Land Trust Phone: 760-820-2275 jacqueline@mdlt.org Mojave Desert Land Trust Response to Department of the Interior Withholding Recommendations for California Desert National Monuments Joshua Tree, CA – Today was the deadline for Secretary of Interior Zinke to release his recommendations…

Rep. Paul Cook Redoubles Efforts to Remove Protections for CA Desert National Monuments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 17, 2017 Contact: Danielle Segura, Executive Director, Mojave Desert Land Trust Phone: 760-820-2275 danielle@mdlt.org Rep. Paul Cook Redoubles Efforts to Remove Protections for California Desert National Monuments Joshua Tree, CA – Rep. Paul Cook has redoubled his efforts to adjust the boundaries of Mojave Trails National Monument while adding proposed changes to Castle Mountains National…

MDLT Responds to Department of the Interior Recommendation for Sand to Snow National Monument

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 16, 2017 Contact: Danielle Segura, Executive Director, Mojave Desert Land Trust Phone: 760-820-2275 danielle@mdlt.org Mojave Desert Land Trust Responds to Department of the Interior Recommendation for Sand to Snow National Monument Joshua Tree, CA – Today, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke delivered a recommendation that the Department of the Interior will not revoke…

MDLT and Mojave Business Organizations Run Newspaper Ads Urging Interior Secretary Zinke to Not Change the New Mojave National Monuments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 15, 2017 Contact: Danielle Segura, Executive Director, Mojave Desert Land Trust Phone: 760-820-2275 danielle@mdlt.org MDLT and Mojave Business Organizations Run Newspaper Ads Urging Interior Secretary Zinke to Not Change the New Mojave National Monuments Joshua Tree, CA –  Today, the Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT) placed full-page color newspaper ads defending…