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OUR MISSION: Mojave Desert Land Trust protects the Mojave Desert ecosystem and its scenic and cultural resource values.



Have you marveled in wonder inside Whitewater Canyon, or walked along the rim of Amboy Crater? Share your photos and stories from your experiences in Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow, & Castle Mountains with us #ProtectCADesert #MonumentsForAll

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A coalition of conservation groups, community leaders and businesses dedicated to protecting our desert landscapes, celebrated both for their contributions to America’s natural and cultural heritage and to the regional economy.

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Stakeholder Notification // Public Notice
MDLT Is Pleased To Announce It Is Applying For Accreditation

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. A public comment period is now open.
Comments on MDLT’s application will be most useful by November 2, 2015.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment.

Mojave Desert Land Trust’s service area
encompasses the eastern Mojave Desert,
reaching from Death Valley National Park
to the Mexico border.  This region
includes three national parks,
five military installations, forty five
BLM Wilderness areas and several
major population centers.

Click here to view a map of our service area.

A significant group of working artists and cultural leaders from across the country has joined together in support of the efforts to protect millions of acres of pristine lands in the California Desert. The "Artists for the Monuments"group supports Senator Dianne Feinstein's call to President Obama to utilize the Antiquities Act in designating three new national monuments in the southern California Desert - Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow, and Castle Mountains.



Open House Nov. 14

We're truly grateful to everyone who came the the MDLT Fall Gratitude Gathering.

What an amazing and inspiring celebration of community and conservation! A big thanks to all of our sponsors, donors, volunteers, presenters and guests for a wonderful day of thanks + giving. See you out on the land!

Please join us in preserving the desert’s fragile resources...

  • Become an MDLT member by joining online today

  • Make a donation and support the preservation of desert wild lands

  • Join our group of volunteers and enjoy the great outdoors in a meaningful way

  • Attend one of our educational events and learn more about the California Desert

  • Buy an MDLT t-shirt or tote-bag to show your support for desert conservation

The California Desert is a functioning intact ecosystem, stretching across 29 million acres, or 28% of California’s landmass.  It is home to rare plants and magnificent creatures – a place of scenic wonder and tremendous biological diversity.  In the fast growing West, the threats to this priceless heritage are greater than ever.  Many plants are threatened or endangered, star-filled night skies are impacted by light pollution, wildlife habitat is fragmented, and wildlife corridors are disrupted by development.

Mojave Desert Land Trust conserves land with important biological, cultural and scenic values.  Our work helps to secure the biodiversity, beauty, and integrity of healthy desert ecosystems for future generations to enjoy.  We have protected 50,000 acres of desert land through acquisition, land stewardship and strategic partnerships.

Painting ©
Diane Best
Landscape painting of the great Mojave Desert by Diane Best.

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