Corina Godoy felt she had a calling to work in conservation. Along the way, she didn’t see many people who looked like her. Undeterred and embracing her passion, she forged ahead, knowing that she would have to clear her own path.

The dark night sky is being mapped in the monument thanks to an MDLT project promoting women in STEM.

The Milky Way above Mojave Trails National Monument

In February 2021, MDLT’s Dark Night Sky Measurement Project finished a six-month long survey of the night sky quality in the western portion of Mojave Trails National Monument (MTNM). …

Photo: Global Eyes Media

Research by WISDOM interns help us understand the quality and the importance of the Mojave Desert’s dark night skies. Last fall a cohort of three college women began monitoring the night sky quality in the western portion of Mojave Trails National Monument. Their research will help the Bureau of Land…

How to identify native and non-native seedlings popping up in the high desert this summer

A yellow carpet of native chinchweed (Pectis papposa) near MDLT’s Quail Mountain property in Joshua Tree.

Text and photos by Madena Asbell, Director of Plant Conservation Programs, Mojave Desert Land Trust

If you live in the high desert, you have probably noticed the landscape has become unusually green recently.

Monsoonal rains across the Mojave Desert this summer have led to the germination of summer annuals like…


Celebrating Latino voices in environmental literature

Latino Conservation Week celebrates the connections of the Latino community with their passion for the outdoors, both for preservation and enjoyment. …

WISDOM interns discovered the darkest spot in the western portion of Mojave Trails National Monument. A new group is continuing that quest for the entire monument.

Night Sky as seen in Piute Mountain Wilderness within Mojave Trails National Monument. Note the Milk Way’s prominence juxtaposed with the sky glow from the town of Needles. Photo: MDLT

By Mary Cook-Rhyne, MDLT Education Coordinator and program manager of the Women in Science Discovering Our Mojave (WISDOM) program.

Research by WISDOM interns has…

Mojave Desert Land Trust book club

Black authors on science, conservation, and the environment

June 19th — Juneteenth — commemorates the day the last enslaved people were emancipated in the United States in 1865, although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed January 1, 1863. …

Help support the Mojave Desert’s unique biodiversity by landscaping with desert natives

With environmental threats like habitat loss and climate change upon us, our beloved wildlife and pollinators will appreciate the sanctuary of your yard. We can all try to cultivate an arid oasis. As native plants are well-adapted to this climate and soil, they require less water and don’t require fertilizers…

The Mojave Desert is spectacular at all times of year, but springtime is especially abundant with wildflowers and other fresh sprouts. While seeing splashes of bright green amidst our sandy washes might seem like a sight for sore eyes, in actuality, not all of the greenery is beneficial. …

This edition of the Dorothy Ramon Learning Center January 2021 newsletter has been reprinted in full. Subscribe to the Dorothy Ramon Learning Center newsletter here.

Fires burned the Inland Southern California landscapes all around us in summer and autumn 2020. …

Mojave Desert Land Trust

The Mojave Desert Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization protecting lands with natural, scenic, and cultural value within the Mojave Desert.

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