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A Chance to Protect and Preserve Juniper Canyon for Lifetimes to Come

EventsAnya Violet

As our ongoing relationship to protect and preserve Joshua Tree and the Mojave Desert deepens, we will always let you know when you can lend a helping hand. Currently they are in the process of acquiring Juniper Canyon and any donation is welcomed. Please read more about how you can donate and how this land purchase will make the canyon pristine for people to enjoy and visit for a lifetime. 

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From the MDLT: 

Acquiring Juniper Canyon has been one of our goals since I started at MDLT. It would complete our board's wishlist of original properties they aimed to acquire, knit together essential local wildlife corridors, and protect land around Joshua Tree National Park.

Tomorrow -- with your help -- we are going to raise the remaining $11,000 we need to protect Juniper Canyon.

We have lots of fun events planned at our HQ tomorrow to celebrate Give BIG, including a tour of MDLT HQ, a tour of our Nursery & Seed Bank, a special Mappy Hour about wildlife corridors, and a screening of the award-winning documentary SEED: The Untold Story.

If you can't make it to Joshua Tree, we have plenty of prizes for you to win when you donate. Every hour that someone donates at MDLT enters us for the chance to win more funds from Give BIG San Bernardino County -- and each hour you donate enters you in the pool for one of our great prizes. Share our Give BIG Facebook posts throughout the day and tag 5 of your friends challenging them to donate to be entered 5 more times for the raffle in that prize pool. 



12 a.m. - 5 a.m. | Early Bird Prizes

The early bird catches the worm on some of our coolest prizes! Donate between 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. for the opportunity to win a Patagonia women's nano puff jacket in black, Patagonia black hole bag, guided interpretive hike & picnic lunch for 4 in Juniper Canyon, $100 gift certificate to Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, $100 gift certificate to La Copine, or a Patagonia men's sweater jacket in dark blue. Share our Facebook post featuring a desert quail and tag 5 friends asking them to donate to be entered for 5 more chances to win.

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5 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Slow Starter Prizes

Rise and shine, desert tortoises! Between 5:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., donate for the chance to win a Desert Lovers t-shirt, Juniper Ridge perfume, Julianne Koza jackrabbit print, two Joshua Tree Candle Company candle, Dave Catching solo LP and a candle, or a series of Drew Reese's photographs. Share MDLT’s Facebook post featuring a desert tortoise and tag 5 friends asking them to donate to be entered for 5 more chances to win.

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12 p.m. - 7 p.m. | Crazy Cat Prizes

For all you crazy cats who haven’t donated, there’s still time! Between 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., you will be entered to win a Desert Defenders t-shirt, Julianne Koza full moon print, two Joshua Tree Candle Company candle, Earthlings? LP and a candle, or a 1-hour photography session with Brandy Dyess. Share our Facebook post featuring a bobcat and tag 5 friends asking them to donate to be entered for 5 more chances to win.

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Thank you for your continued support of the Mojave Desert Land Trust. 



Danielle Segura, Executive Director

7 p.m. - 12 a.m. | Night Owl Prizes

Hey, night owls, don’t return to your roost just yet! Donate between 7 p.m. and midnight for your chance to win a Patagonia hat and a Joshua Tree Candle Company candle, Patagonia Women's sweater jacket in light blue, Patagonia Men's nano puff jacket in orange, $100 Gift certificate for La Copine, or a silver tortoise shell box and a Joshua Tree Candle Company candle. Share MDLT’s Facebook post featuring a horned owl and tag 5 friends asking them to donate to be entered for 5 more chances to win.

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Take Only Pictures, Leave Only Footprints | Mojave Land Trust x Babes Ride Out

DIY TipsAshmore Ellis

Take Only Pictures, Leave Only Footprints on Designated Trails by Sam Schipani of the Mojave Land Trust. 

One of the greatest joys of exploring on two wheels is capturing special moments to share with your family and friends. We want your loyal Instagram followers to see your stunning snapshots of that earth-splitting desert sunset or that adorable desert tortoise, but we also want these special landscapes and habitats to stay the way they were before we rode into town.

There are a few things to keep in mind when striking out to take pictures in fragile ecosystems. Our friends at the Mojave Desert Land Trust are experts on how artists (yes, Instagram artists count, too!) can consciously engage with the desert. Their Reading the Landscape program, launched earlier this year, guides artists through the process of creating in a way that ensures the desert will provide inspiration for generations to come.

Going off road can create irreversible damage to the ecosystem. 

Going off road can create irreversible damage to the ecosystem. 

Here are MDLT’s tips for reducing your impact on the desert while still getting that perfect shot:

  • Stay on designated roads and trails. Avoid loose sand and soil – especially if you’re setting up a tripod! Designated areas are always a safe bet.
  • Take what you brought, including debris, chemicals, equipment, and liquids. Pack it in, pack it out!
  • Leave what you find, including rocks, vegetation, animals, bones, and historical trash.
  • Know who owns the land prior to your site visit, as well as how to access the land through legal routes and using an appropriate vehicle.
  • Identify and avoid on-site cultural resources, historic debris, and wildlife burrows. For example: A desert tortoise burrow entrance looks like the letter “D” lying on its side.
  • Respect the wildlife by giving them space. For close-up shots, make sure you have your zoom lens on hand.
  • Review the rules and regulations of the land management agency specific to your project. Obtain a commercial permit, when appropriate. If you intend to create art within Joshua Tree National Park’s boundaries, determine if your project requires a Special Use Permit. Commercial filming or photography requires a filming permit, but permits are not required for news crews or visitors photographing for personal use. All permit applications can be emailed to JOTR_Special_Use@NPS.Gov
  • Use Instagram as an educational platform for other photographers! If you see a photo on Instagram that is less-than-respectful of our desert ecosystem, politely let the user know. Our citizen Desert Defenders in Joshua Tree have used Instagram as a tool to educate visitors to great effect.

    With these tips, you will be able to reduce your impact on the desert – and share its beauty with all your family, friends, and followers! - Sam Schipani

When you follow these simple rules, you are protecting all these beautiful creatures and their home :)