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Heritage Fire burned over 300 trees in desert riparian conservation lands

April 28, 2022 Contact: Jessica Dacey, Director of Communications Phone: 760-820-2275 Email: [email protected] Heritage Fire burned over 300 trees in desert riparian conservation lands March’s Heritage Fire burned over 300 mature trees and 34 acres of special-status species habitat along the Mojave River, according to a preliminary report by the Mojave Desert Land Trust. In…

Rare riparian conservation area damaged in Heritage Fire

For immediate release March 15, 2022 Contact: Jessica Dacey, Director of Communications Phone: 760-820-2275 Email: [email protected] Rare riparian conservation area damaged in Heritage Fire A fire burning in the Oro Grande area of San Bernardino County has entered conservation lands belonging to the Mojave Desert Land Trust. The full extent of the damage is unknown…

New data pinpoints dark skies above Mojave Trails National Monument

For immediate release November 16, 2021 Contact: Jessica Dacey, Director of Communications Phone: 760-820-2275 Email: [email protected] New data pinpoints dark skies above Mojave Trails National Monument Mojave Trails National Monument – New night sky data shows Mojave Trails National Monument in the California desert may qualify as an International Dark Sky Sanctuary. Interns with the…

New executive team appointed at the Mojave Desert Land Trust

The Board of Directors of the Mojave Desert Land Trust has selected a new executive team to lead the organization as it enters a new era in its land conservation work. Cody Hanford and Kelly Herbinson will serve as joint Executive Directors, when outgoing Executive Director Geary Hund steps down on October 31.

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Desert Conservation Groups Cheer Signing of Assembly Bill 1183

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 28, 2021 Desert Conservation Groups Cheer Signing of Assembly Bill 1183 Contacts: Cody Hanford, Mojave Desert Land Trust, [email protected], 865-414-0931 Nasrat Esmaty, Defenders of Wildlife, [email protected], 916-562-2547 Brenda Gallegos, Hispanic Access Foundation, [email protected], 915-491-9546 Janessa Goldbeck, VetVoice Foundation, [email protected], 760-518-7447 Groups thank Governor Newsom for signing this important desert conservation investment…

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Mojave Desert Land Trust executive director to step down

 For immediate release August 20, 2021 Contact: Jessica Dacey, Director of Communications Phone: 760-820-2275 Email: [email protected] Mojave Desert Land Trust executive director to step down Joshua Tree, CA – Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT) Executive Director Geary Hund will be stepping down at the end of October to have more time to pursue personal endeavors….

Acquisitions bolster Sand to Snow National Monument, wildlife crossing hopes

For immediate release August 11, 2021 Contact: Jessica Dacey, Director of Communications Phone: 760-820-2275 Email: [email protected] Acquisitions bolster Sand to Snow National Monument, wildlife crossing hopes Morongo Valley – The Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT) has acquired a 43-acre parcel within Sand to Snow National Monument. The parcel’s proximity to Highway 62 gives further impetus…

Over 100,000 acres of the California desert protected

For immediate release July 5, 2021 Contact: Jessica Dacey, Director of Communications Phone: 760-820-2275 Email: [email protected] Over 100,000 acres of the California desert protected Joshua Tree, CA – The Mojave Desert Land Trust has reached a new milestone in California desert conservation, with 101,327 acres of land protected since 2006. MDLT plays a vital role…

Mojave Desert Land Trust releases 2020 annual report

For immediate release  May 18, 2021 Contact: Jessica Dacey, Director of Communications Phone: 760-820-2275 Email: [email protected]    Mojave Desert Land Trust protected 7,500 acres in 2020 Joshua Tree, CA – The Mojave Desert Land Trust has released its 2020 annual report. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, over 7,500 acres of conservation lands were…