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Mojave Desert, Mojave Desert Land Trust

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


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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.

Conservation Lands Foundation is an organization dedicated to protecting, restoring and expanding the National Conservation Lands so they will endure from generation to generation. The National Conservation Lands comprise 31 million acres of protected public lands and waterways managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

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.


MDLT Summer Drawing

Join MDLT for our next Salvage Saturday! September 12 from 9am to 12pm
Stake your “re-claim” – Your chance to reuse, repurpose & recycle a variety of treasures salvaged from our Mojave Desert stewardship activities. Come see what kind of treasures MDLT staff and volunteers were able to salvage from one of MDLT’s desert properties. Whether you’re in the market for artful objects, building materials, or funky planters we’re sure to have something for you! Head down to the MDLT Headquarters back property and find your reclaimed treasure! All proceeds from this sale contribute to our Land Stewardship Program.

MDLT Gateway Headquarters • 60124 29 Palms Hwy • Joshua Tree, CA

  • 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.