Babes Ride Out has officially partnered with the Mojave Desert Land Trust to implement some incredible ways we can all reduce our carbon footprint not just in this beautiful desert but everywhere we roam on two wheels or four. Over the next week leading up to Babes Ride Out 6, we will be releasing helpful info that will aid in making sure we leave the desert as beautiful as we found it. But first, take some time and get to know the Mojave Desert Land Trust and find out exactly what they do.
The Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT) is a 501(c)(3) conservation non-profit whose mission is to protect the unique living landscapes, ecosystems, and cultural history of the Mojave Desert. The Land Trust is special. Since its founding in 2006 the land trust has conserved more than 71,368 acres, donating more tracts of land to the National Park Service in the last decade than any other organization.
From its headquarters in the village of Joshua Tree, MDLT works throughout the 24.5 million acres of California’s eastern Mojave and Colorado Deserts. The organization acquires properties throughout the desert, stewards the land with their bevy of volunteers, conducts outreach in local communities, and grows native plants for habitat restoration.
MDLT strategically purchases private parcels of land to help connect national parks, wilderness areas, and wildlife linkage corridors throughout the desert by preserving the land, MDLT also protects dark night skies, spectacular desert vistas, and clean air and water. To deepen its conservation mission, MDLT established its Native Plant Conservation Nursery & Mojave Desert Seed Bank. Located at the organization’s headquarters, the nursery grows plants endemic to the Mojave Desert for restoration throughout the region. The nursery staff also collects and stores seeds for conservation purposes.
MDLT prides itself on being a strong community voice. The organization has established a corps of volunteers to steward and monitor the lands. The work instills in the community a personal connection to and responsibility for the desert’s open lands and wild places.
Through its outreach and education programs, MDLT engages diverse groups with the mission of protecting and enjoying precious desert lands. One program, Reading the Landscape, is a guide for artists creating consciously in the desert. The program guides artists to make informed decisions throughout the creative processes, to ensure that each step is done in a way that will preserve the landscapes for future generations.
MDLT launched its Desert Defenders campaign in response to a 2017 Department of the Interior review of national monuments. The organization collected public comments and held rallies across the California desert in support of the Mojave national monuments that were up for review: Castle Mountains, Sand to Snow, and Mojave Trails. Today the Desert Defender identity continues to inspire protection of other public lands.
To MDLT, everyone who enjoys the desert – whether they live there year-round or visit once to recreate – is a stakeholder in its conservation. As such, the organization collaborates closely with and is supported by a diverse range of partner organizations like Babes Ride Out to ensure that everyone can experience the magic of the Mojave while preserving it for future generations.