March 12, 2020
For immediate release
Joshua Tree – The Mojave Desert Land Trust has been closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. The safety and security of our community, visitors, volunteers, and staff is our highest priority. In the interest of public health, and following guidance from state and federal authorities, we have decided to postpone all public events until further notice. The first annual Desert Discovery Day, scheduled for March 14, will be postponed, as well as vital fundraising events that were due to take place on March 27 and 28, our Spring Native Plant and Salvage Sale on April 18, and a March 13 Campfire Talk on citizen science.
Supporters who have purchased tickets for our Desert Voices Benefit Dinner will be offered the choice of a refund or to reserve their seat until a future date is announced.
We want to thank all the volunteers, supporters and staff who worked tirelessly and with such dedication and passion to make the new public Desert Discovery Garden ready for its official opening on March 14th. The garden will be open to the public beginning March 14th , and visitors are welcome to use this new space for respite and inspiration at a time when public health concerns are foremost in people’s minds.
To mitigate the risk of coronavirus at our headquarters, we are implementing strategies recommended by public health authorities and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), including increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting in all common areas, and providing alcohol-based sanitizers.
We look forward to sharing news of the rescheduled events very soon. Please get in touch if you have any questions.
As committed members of our community, we will continue to take steps to reduce the spread of infection and to support the community in every way we can. Our thoughts will be with our supporters, and volunteers and with all of our fellow community members during this challenging time. We wish you and your family continued good health and we thank you for your continued support of our conservation work.
The Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to protect and care for lands with natural, scenic, and cultural value within the Mojave Desert. Since its founding in 2006 the land trust has conserved more than 80,000 acres, donating more tracts of land to the National Park Service in the last decade than any other organization. In addition to acquiring land, the land trust established a seed bank to ensure the preservation of native species. MDLT operates an onsite nursery at its Joshua Tree headquarters which propagates native species for ecosystem restoration. MDLT educates and advocates for the conservation of the desert, involving hundreds of volunteers in our work. For more information, visit mdlt.org.