Our Work

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Headquartered in the village of Joshua Tree, MDLT’s service area spans 24.5 million acres – the entire California portion of the eastern Mojave and Colorado Deserts – and is primarily focused within National Parks, Wilderness Areas, Desert Wildlife Management Areas, and wildlife linkage corridors. Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave National Preserve, and Death Valley National Park are located within our region and draw 5 million visitors annually.

Awareness & Discovery

MDLT strives to help everyone who lives, works and plays in the California desert to embrace the significance of this magical landscape.

Land Acquisition & 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.

Land Use Champion

Is committed to protecting conservation investments that have been made in the desert.

Where We Work

MDLT acquires, restores and protects culturally and biologically sensitive lands throughout a 24.5 million-acre service region in the California Desert, from north of Death Valley National Park to the border of Mexico.

Explore Our Service Region

Get Involved In Our Land Stewardship Program

MDLT strives to help everyone who lives, works and plays in the California desert to embrace the significance of this magical landscape. Our outreach and education is targeted to landowners, decision makers, elected officials, developers, students, full and part-time residents and visitors.

Outreach & Public Engagement Activities:

  • Guided hikes
  • Outdoor education
  • Outreach at local fairs and festivals
  • Hosting lectures and workshops
  • Signature programs & special events
  • Open conversations at the Gateway Headquarters, where we invite your dialogue and ideas in support of desert conservation

Find our more about upcoming events and programming.

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.

Our 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.

MDLT:

  • Is committed to protecting conservation investments that have been made in the desert.
  • Enhances recreation and tourism throughout the region, bringing economic benefits to surrounding communities and improved opportunities for outdoor access.
  • Demonstrates the possibilities for preserving the vibrant but fragile desert ecosystem and its cultural resources while also protecting our outdoor experiences and interactions with nature.
  • Aims to exemplify stewardship of the living landscape and to help others understand, appreciate and care for the nuances of the Mojave Desert.
  • When a proposed project may have a significant impact on public enjoyment of land and resources, MDLT often participates in the public comment process.

Copies of formal public comments can be made available upon request by contacting us at: info@mdlt.org