- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

KELSO, Calif. (AP) - A nonprofit group has donated more than 3,000 acres of desert land to the Mojave National Preserve.

The Mojave Desert Land Trust announced Wednesday that it’s handed over ecologically and historically significant land to the national park.

The 110 parcels of land already are contained within the national preserve. They include juniper and yucca stands and a century-old homestead site.

The Mojave Desert Land Trust has an ongoing program to buy up private land that survived within the boundaries of the Mojave National Preserve, Joshua Tree National Park and Death Valley National Park.

“Development of this private land can degrade neighboring park resources, impact public access, and cause management problems for park staff,” a trust statement said.



Over the past decade, the trust has conveyed about 23,000 acres of land to the National Park Service.

“Our great desert parks are immeasurably enhanced” by the work, Greg Gress, regional realty chief for the National Park Service, said in a statement. “Scenic views, sensitive habit and historic resources that might otherwise be lost are now protected in perpetuity for all to appreciate and enjoy.”

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