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Photo © Drew Reese


Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT) is an influential partner with the government agencies that manage 80% of Mojave Desert lands.  These include the National Park Service, the Department of Defense, the Bureau of Land Management, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and the California Department of Fish & Game.  MDLT also partners with other conservation organizations, municipalities, and water districts to achieve mutually beneficial conservation outcomes.

National Park Service (NPS)

A large percentage of the conservation land acquired by MDLT is within one of the three desert national parks: Mojave National Preserve, Joshua Tree National Park, and Death Valley National Park.  These lands either have been, or are currently being conveyed to the NPS for long-term management and are required to remain untouched in perpetuity.

The NPS has worked closely with the MDLT on its two capital campaigns to purchase lands adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park: Nolina Peak - 639 acres conveyed to the Park in 2008, and the Quail Mountain Project – 955 acres in the process of conveyance.  These lands contain some of the most important desert tortoise habitat in the region, and are a key component of the Morongo Basin Wildlife Linkage Design.

Department of Defense (DoD)

The Land Trust has partnered with the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) in 29 Palms to conserve land under military airspace and to comply with environmental regulations of threatened and endangered species as Congress requires.  MDLT and MCAGCC have partnered in a matching grant program, the Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative (REPI), toward the purchase of the Quail Mountain acreage.  This parcel is important to the military both for airspace security and the Morongo Basin Wildlife Linkage Design.

Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

MDLT acquires privately owned inholdings within 45 Wilderness Areas managed by the BLM.  These lands either have been, or are currently being conveyed to the BLM for long-term management, where they will remain untouched in perpetuity.  This work protects an intact ecosystem from the threat of development or other incompatible uses to ensure wildlife remains healthy and scenic vistas can be enjoyed for generations to come.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW)

The Land Trust has partnered with CDFW to acquire wildlife habitat for threatened and other listed species.  As part of this partnership, MDLT has received grant funding under the SBX8-34 legislation for the Interim Mitigation Strategy.  For more information on SBX8-34, please visit

Local Government

MDLT works closely with local government by lending its expertise on a variety of issues, including municipal planning, OHV use, and protection of native plants and wildlife mitigation.

Painting © Diane Best

Landscape painting of the great Mojave Desert by Diane Best.

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