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Desert Hikers, Help the Mojave With Every Step

NBC Los Angeles Even if you’re not in the Mojave, some of the Mojave is likely inside your mind, your heart, and your wider, world-loving imagination. For if you’ve experienced this epic and arid expanse, it is difficult to ever keep it at a distance, even when you are, in reality, many miles away. Joshua…

Trump administration proposes 11th-hour plan to strip California desert protections

The Guardian The outgoing Trump administration is proposing to strip away protections for millions of acres of California desert, threatening damage to Joshua trees, desert tortoises and landmarks. “It’s a bit baffling at the 11th hour that something like this would hit the street,” said Geary Hund, the executive director for the Mojave Desert Land Trust, a…

Trump Administration Seeks Development On Protected Desert Land

Patch News Environmental organizations are blasting a last-ditch effort by the Trump administration to open up millions of acres in the Southern California desert to mining, energy development and broadband infrastructure, a move activists say would be catastrophic to desert wildlife populations. “The drastic reduction in conservation lands, including wildlife corridors, together with the increased…

Important Linkages: The Mojave Desert Land Trust Purchases a 227-Acre Parcel to Make Sure High Desert Plants and Animals Can Migrate as Needed

Coachella Valley Independent The Mojave Desert Land Trust has acquired a 227-acre parcel of important wildlife habitat that was previously owned by the Institute of Mentalphysics, near Joshua Tree. Roughly 80 percent of the $780,000 was covered by grant funds from the state of California, with the other 20 percent provided by the MDLT via a combination of…

‘Desert Oracle’ Is a Spooky Look at the Southwest

Outside Ken Layne left an influential career in digital media to create ‘Desert Oracle,’ a cult-favorite radio show and print periodical based in Joshua Tree that explores everything from the political to the paranormal. Now it’s being released as a book. Even the ghost stories that fill Desert Oracle’s pages and soundbites serve a greater purpose:…

New Member on the Mojave Desert Land Trust Board

Z107.7 FM Leading social justice campaigner Terrysa Guerra has been appointed to the Mojave Desert Land Trust’s board of directors. Reporter Joshua King has more details. Terrysa Guerra’s political and electoral experience spans 16 years. As the National Political Director at United for Respect, Guerra oversees the development of political power for retail workers and…

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Wildlife corridor near Joshua Tree National Park gains additional protection

Desert Sun A wildlife corridor extending through Joshua Tree National Park received another piece of protection this week, as the Mojave Desert Land Trust teamed up with a spiritual center to conserve 227 acres for animal movement. The deal, finalized Tuesday, sees the nonprofit land trust purchase the parcel from the Institute of Mentalphysics, which bills itself…

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As political stars align, billions more set to fund national parks

Driving down Interstate 15, with miles of windswept Mojave Desert flashing by, a traveler could be forgiven for not paying the Southern California expanse much attention. But with its diverse wildlife, scenic vistas and cultural significance — be it Native American petroglyphs or abandoned gold mines — the region has been “increasingly recognized as a…

A California Deserts Conservancy

Desert Report June 2020 Despite making up nearly one quarter of California and representing one of the largest intact ecosystems left in the lower forty-eight states, California’s 25 million acres of desert lands receive very little state funding for conservation projects. Both the Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT) and Defenders of Wildlife (Defenders) have determined…