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Section 33 Weeding Work Day
May 16 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Six years ago we acquired 624 acres of land in Joshua Tree known as “Section 33”. Without this wildlife linkage corridor to Joshua Tree National Park, the landscape near Joshua Tree Village could look quite different today. The Joshua Tree North Linkage is part of the larger Joshua Tree-29 Palms habitat linkage connection. Around half of the $1.4 million money needed to buy the land came from the Marine Corps through the Pentagon’s Readiness Environmental Protection Initiative program, which protects land near military bases. The money was used for a conservation easement, which means the land can never be developed, protecting a key aviation corridor between the base and military air stations in southern California. The property is at the intersection of Highway 62 and La Contenta Rd in Joshua Tree.
Along with winter rains and beautiful wildflowers come invasive plants, and this year is no exception. Invasive plants are one of the single largest threats to the integrity of our desert ecosystem. Sahara mustard, for example, can have a catastrophic impact on native plants and the animals that utilize them, crowding them out by taking up space and resources. Invasives also increase the risk of fire, especially red brome, cheat grass and schismus, or mediterranean grass.
Help us pull weeds on section 33 to reduce the risk of seeds being scattered, and free up space for native plants to flourish.
Meeting place: MDLT HQ
Time: 8 am – 11am
Be prepared with plenty of water (at least 2 liters), sun screen, hat and proper attire.
Gloves and tools will be provided.
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MDLT welcomes responsible, non-motorized use of our lands, such as hiking. If you have an interest in holding an organized event on MDLT land which charges participants a fee, which would have a large number of participants, or which requires special accommodations, equipment or supplies, a Special Use Permit may be required. The permit allows us to ensure that our lands are treated respectfully and that we are able to keep them in good condition for the future enjoyment of all.