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



President Obama and Senator Feinstein: Thank you!

The Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains Monuments feature unparalleled pristine landscapes, making tourism and recreation an essential part of the region's economy and providing critical habitat, and unique natural and cultural resources. Thanks to your commitment and dedication, these sensitive water resources, popular recreation and historic sites will be protected for our future generations.
CLICK HERE to send a thank you note to President Obama and Senator Feinstein

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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.

The Bureau of Land Management's National Conservation Lands, also known as the National Landscape Conservation System, contain some of the West’s most spectacular landscapes.

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.

Desert Monuments

The Celebration Continues! This year MDLT is celebrating ten years of protecting and connecting the California Desert! With your support, we’ve protected more than 60,000 acres throughout the Mojave Desert, including the ongoing restoration and stewardship of nearly 16,000 acres. As we carry forth the legacy begun by our visionary founders in 2006 we must continue evolving the mission of our organization into the next ten years. That includes: establishing a native plant nursery and seed archive, growing awareness and connectivity to our treasured desert landscapes through our stewardship and community engagement programs, introducing another one million visitors to our three new Desert National Monuments, re-introducing the Pronghorn antelope species to the Mojave National Preserve, and successfully acquiring, protecting and caring for many more acres of land, habitat and wildlife corridors throughout our 24.5 million-acre service region.
Join our efforts today and become a part of our next ten years!

Desert Monuments

Thanks to Senator Feinstein, President Obama and countless supporters from near and far over 1 million acres of incredible California Desert landscapes are now protected as national monuments, building a lasting legacy for present and future generations. Three cheers for Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow, and Castle Mountains! We celebrate and look forward to exploring, experiencing and stewarding these landscapes with you! #MonumentsForAll.


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 60,000 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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