Mojave Desert Land Trust



Our vision for the Mojave Desert includes dark night skies, clean air and water, broad views and vistas, and an abundance of native plants and animals.
MDLT has conserved almost 80,000 acres of prime desert habitat, forever weaving together National Parks, wilderness areas, and wildlife linkage corridors. The organization works closely with a broad range of desert community members and visitors, as well as with local, state, and federal agencies. MDLT offers hands-on learning and volunteer opportunities to residents and visitors of the desert. It collaborates closely with, and is supported by, a diverse range of partner organizations, agencies, neighbors, and visitors who treasure the desert’s unique qualities.
MDLT strives to help everyone who lives, works, and plays in the California desert to embrace the significance of this magical landscape.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to protect the Mojave Desert ecosystem and its scenic and cultural resource values.

Program Details

  • Land Conservation - MDLT protects land within the entire California portion of the eastern Mojave and Colorado deserts – 24.5 million acres in all. We focus on parcels within national parks and preserves, wilderness areas, areas of critical environmental concern, and wildlife linkage corridors. We have successfully conserved land in Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave National Preserve, Mojave Trails National Monument, and Death Valley National Park. MDLT has donated more tracts of land to the national park system nationwide than any other non-profit since 2006.
  • Native Plant Restoration Nursery & Mojave Desert Seed Bank - The California deserts are home to over 2,000 species of native plants, comprising over 30% of California’s diverse flora. Many of these species are considered to be of conservation concern. Here in the Mojave Desert, our unique flora is a critical part of a sensitive desert ecosystem, providing food and shelter for endangered wildlife and cleaning our air and water through soil stabilization and carbon sequestration. The goal of the Native Plant Restoration Nursery is to increase the availability of genetically appropriate plant material whether it’s for habitat restoration on public lands or for home landscaping. Through the nursery and seed bank MDLT is preserving land and protecting wildlife linkages by conserving native plants and restoring damaged ecosystems, rebuilding food chains, and connecting people with the land. The Mojave Desert Seed Bank is a repository of seeds and spores of native flora from throughout the Mojave Desert ecoregion. The seed bank serves as an off-site conservation tool for use in restoration, education, and research in the Mojave Desert region.
  • Youth Education and Outreach - Another key part of our mission is to inspire, engage, and educate youths and adults in a variety of ways to appreciate their desert lands, and teach them how to be good land stewards. Via outreach to our members, national park visitors, volunteers, and the community, we increase awareness of needed conservation work to protect the desert’s fragile ecosystems while inspiring the next generation of desert stewards.
Primary Issue
Secondary Issue
Climate Change
60124 29 Palms Hwy PO Box 1544
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
United States
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