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Native Plant Conservation at the Mojave Desert Land Trust

  • Balboa Park-Casa del Prado, Room 101 1600 Village Place San Diego, CA, 92101 United States (map)

Speaker, Madena Asbell, Director of Plant Conservation Programs at the Mojave Desert Land Trust in Joshua Tree, CA.

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The Mojave Desert Land Trust was founded in 2006 by a group of local environmentalists. In 2015 the organization moved into an old nursery facility and began restoring it to working order. Over the past 2½years, MDLT has established a native plant restoration nursery, a conservation seed bank, and an herbarium to dedicated to the documentation, preservation and restoration of native plants on its properties. In this presentation, Madena Asbell will discuss MDLT’s mission and plant conservation programs. 



Madena Asbell is Director of Plant Conservation Programs at the Mojave Desert Land Trust in Joshua Tree, CA. She has a background in art and horticulture and has over 15 years of experience working with CA native plants. Prior to joining MDLT, she was director of horticulture at the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants in Sun Valley, CA. 

6:30pm-7:00pm: NATIVES FOR NOVICES

Back Country Land Trust: Protecting Open Space Lands and Restoring Habitat Conditions

with John Green, Program & Outreach Director for the Back Country Land Trust

This presentation will introduce our audience to what a Land Trust is, and will discuss the important work that these community-based organizations are doing in San Diego County and around the country to protect open-space lands, restore habitat conditions, and protect public recreation opportunities. The Back Country Land Trust (BCLT) is one of our local, homegrown land trusts here in eastern San Diego County. Based in the semi-rural community of Alpine, this local conservation group has helped to protect over 6,000 acres of critical habitat in eastern San Diego County since 1990. BCLT currently manages 4,000 acres of open-space land from Alpine and Peutz Valley to La Posta and Potrero. Their conservation lands are open to the public for passive recreation opportunities, such as hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. BCLT also endeavors to protect the working landscapes in the East County for their cultural heritage and history of farming and ranching, by working with local communities and tribal groups to identify key historic properties and places of ancient cultural significance to the Kumeyaay people, local settlers, and current residents of the Back Country.

Jon Green is the Program & Outreach Director for the Back Country Land Trust.  Jon has been working on conservation land management and habitat restoration in the East County for the last 7 years. His work with BCLT and other local partner groups in San Diego has increased the visibility of privately owned conservation lands and the need for community-based stewardship in the Back Country. By encouraging residents to take charge of their own community’s future by actively working against inappropriate development and preserving land through a public-private partnership model, Jon’s work with BCLT has built a strong coalition of local residents, partner groups, and wildlife agencies to protect and restore our natural lands and native plants and wildlife. http://backcountrylandtrust.org

7:00pm-7:30pm: A time for discussion, camaraderie, visiting, and enjoying the sales table.
7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION



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Mt Laguna in the Fall