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Hilltop private parcel acquired in Joshua Tree National Park

Mojave Desert Land Trust has acquired 80 acres of pristine desert inside Joshua Tree National Park. The property helps piece together public land within the Park. At an elevation of around 3,600 feet, the land has panoramic views and has been relatively untouched. The owner’s wish was for the property to eventually become public land.

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Unique travel kits launched for Mojave parks and monuments

New travel guides have been launched that piece together the Mojave Desert’s national and state parks, and national monuments. The guides will help those seeking adventure, solitude and cultural experiences in the desert. With record numbers of visitors to Joshua Tree National Park resulting in long waits and full campgrounds, there is even more incentive to get out into the surrounding diverse and rich landscapes. The new Adventure Kits launched by the Mojave Desert Land Trust aim to provide visitors with all the knowledge they need in the vast terrain stretching from Death Valley to Anza Borrego State Park.

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MDLT is a new fundraising partner for Joshua Tree National Park

The Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT) has become an official fundraising friends’ group for Joshua Tree National Park. A Philanthropic Partnership Agreement was signed that enables MDLT to raise funds and/or in-kind goods and services to support greater public understanding, conservation, and enjoyment of the Park’s resources and values. MDLT and the Park already have a Memorandum of Understanding focused on collaborative efforts to acquire private land within and adjacent to the Park.

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MDLT responds to Cadiz Inc rebuttal to Mojave Trails spring study

Mojave Desert Land Trust issues the following statement in response to a token rebuttal by Cadiz Inc to scientific research into the impact of groundwater pumping in Mojave Trails National Monument. This research was published in the prestigious scientific journal Environmental Forensics, following rigorous scrutiny, including blind peer-review. The article, “Understanding the source of water for selected springs within Mojave Trails National Monument, California”, shows that the largest spring in the southeastern Mojave Desert would be threatened by the Cadiz Inc proposal to pump desert groundwater.

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New science shows Cadiz Inc project threatens major Mojave spring

Peer-reviewed findings published in The Journal of Environmental Forensics show that the largest spring in the southeastern Mojave Desert would be threatened by the Cadiz Inc proposal to pump desert groundwater. The first comprehensive chemical analysis of spring sources in the Southeastern Mojave Desert highlights factual flaws and omissions in the environmental science behind the Cadiz Inc project.

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MDLT Interim Executive Director Appointed

Rich Weideman has been appointed the Interim Executive Director of the Mojave Desert Land Trust. Weideman has spent 33 years in the National Park Service (NPS), most recently as Assistant Director of Partnerships and Civic Engagement in Washington D.C. Weideman replaces Danielle Segura, who has left to take up the position of Vice President, Director of Development at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

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New Role for Mojave Desert Land Trust Executive Director

After four years at the helm of the Mojave Desert Land Trust, Executive Director Danielle Segura is departing to take up a new position as the vice-president, chief development officer of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

Fortune 1000 leaders help remove large-scale dumping from desert

Corporate citizenship leaders from 40 Fortune 1000 companies have joined the Mojave Desert Land Trust in a desert stewardship event organized by Benevity. In just two hours, a 20-yard-long dumpster donated by Burrtec was filled with trash including old tires, household debris, broken glass, building waste, clothing and shell casings.

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MDLT responds to DOI’s notice of intent to review desert conservation areas

In response to Executive Order 13783, “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth”, the Department of the Interior has launched a 45-day public comment period on conservation designations made through the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Land Use Plan Amendment (DCREP). This EO directs federal agencies to review all actions that could “potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources.”

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New acquisition helps piece together Mojave National Preserve

The Mojave Desert Land Trust has acquired a 145.32-acre property inside an area of the Mojave National Preserve that is dotted with private land. The purchase helps piece together public land within the preserve, which is the third largest national park unit in the lower 48 states. The acquisition from a private landowner helps protect the integrity of the ecosystem, reducing the number of private parcels and enhancing National Park Service management of natural resource values in the area. It also secures public access to public land, including sportsmen as Mojave National Preserve allows hunting.