Land Stewardship

Through our Land Acquisition Process, MDLT purchases lands that have strategic conservation values and works to ensure that all acquired land is properly maintained. Every land transaction supports the vision of a Mojave Desert with interconnected, permanently protected scenic and natural areas hosting a diversity of native plants and wildlife.

The Land Stewardship Team manages the land we acquire and oversees habitat restoration, permanent monitoring activities, and property clean-up efforts. Projects include restoring disturbed areas using a variety of ecological restoration techniques; trail work and planting; monitoring and collecting data in restored areas; leading invasive weed removal projects and general clean-up. We rely on a team of trained Land Steward Volunteers to help us accomplish our mission.

MDLT uses standards and practices developed by the Land Trust Alliance to protect lands with natural, scenic and cultural resource values in the Mojave Desert.

Together with our supporters MDLT has protected more than 60,000 acres throughout the Mojave Desert, including the ongoing restoration and stewardship of nearly 16,000 acres, since our founding in 2006. We continue to carry forth our vision of acquiring, protecting and caring for many more acres throughout our 24.5 million-acre service region.

Our Land Acquisition Program is focused on the efficient use of resources to make the biggest impact for conservation of the California Desert. We work only with willing sellers to acquire lands in our target areas. If you own land inside of an identified conservation priority area, MDLT may be able to give you market value for your investment.

For land use questions or concerns, please contact Land Stewardship Supervisor Peter Satin at

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