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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Adding lands to Joshua Tree National Park...

News from the Mojave Desert Land Trust

Their most current e-newsletter--late August 2009:

Their campaign to save 955 acre near Nolina Peak on the north boundary of Joshua Tree National Park:

Land Saved to Date: 16,105 acres and growing

Land Currently in Escrow: $1,080,000

Number of Parcels Acquired: 298

Dollars Invested Acquiring Land: $7,343,000

From the Executive Director
Nancy Karl
Nancy Karl
With the growing threats to the Mojave Desert, such as large solar and wind installations, a high-speed rail crossing the desert, an airport proposed for the Primm, NV area, large-scale development projects and climate change affects, it's a historic and critical time to pay attention to those areas that currently contain healthy (and dwindling) wildlife populations.

Your community Land Trust is paying attention to and responding to these threats through programs that acquire and conserve land, comment on Environmental Impact Reports (EIR's), steward and monitor lands we've already preserved, and restore land that has been impacted by dumping or other uses.

The Quail Mountain Project is an important and rare opportunity to purchase exquisite habitat and wildlife viewing areas in south Joshua Tree, next to our previous purchase, Nolina Peak. We have a limited period of time to complete the purchase before it goes back on the market for potential development. Have you ever seen a 30-foot waterfall in Joshua Tree? After a rain event, you'll have the opportunity, if we can save this important natural area.

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