THE MOJAVE DESERT: Vast, Scenic, Fragile, Alive
The California Desert is a functioning intact ecosystem, stretching across 29 million acres, or 28% of California’s landmass. It is home to rare plants and magnificent creatures – a place of scenic wonder and tremendous biological diversity. In the fast growing West, the threats to this priceless heritage are greater than ever. Many plants are threatened or endangered, star-filled night skies are impacted by light pollution, wildlife habitat is fragmented, and wildlife corridors are disrupted by development.
THE MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST: Connect With The Desert You Love
MDLT conserves land with important biological, cultural and scenic values. Our work helps to secure the biodiversity, beauty, and integrity of healthy desert ecosystems for future generations to enjoy. We have protected over 60,000 acres of desert land through acquisition, land stewardship and strategic partnerships.
MDLT’s service area encompasses the eastern Mojave Desert, reaching from Death Valley National Park to the Mexico border. This region includes three national parks, five military installations, forty five BLM Wilderness areas and several major population centers, all part of the 24.5 million acre California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) created by Congress in 1976.
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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Meet Our Network of Scholars, Experts & Resources…
The first step MDLT takes when identifying priority areas for conservation is to examine existing research and studies. Following are resources we rely on most for these purposes.