Mojave Desert Sentinel Landscape

  • California

  • Established 2024


The Mojave Desert Sentinel Landscape in California covers about 3.5 million acres of the western Mojave Desert and is located north of Los Angeles and the Inland Empire. The partnership includes five military installations: the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, National Training Center Fort Irwin, Edwards Air Force Base, Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, and Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow. It encompasses multi-mission public lands and over 40 protected species, including the Mojave desert tortoise and western Joshua tree. The presence of impacted protected species and natural resources off-installation limit the ability of both the military and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to test, research, train, and operate on the additional 2.8 million acres of military installations that surround the sentinel landscape. The Mojave Desert Sentinel Landscape unites a broad coalition of state, federal, tribal, county, local, and non-governmental partners to tackle challenges from incompatible development and climate change. Key objectives of the landscape partners include recovering threatened, endangered or sensitive species; restoring habitat and ecosystem function by creating species corridors and improving soil health; and managing watersheds to build resilience to a warmer, more arid climate. These efforts support the evolving needs of the Department of Defense (DOD) missions in the region and protect the desert’s vulnerable soil and water resources, native vegetation, and working lands.


In The News

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  • 2024 Mojave Desert Sentinel Landscape Profile

  • California’s Pathways to 30x30 Strategy

  • California’s Natural and Working Lands Climate Smart Strategy

  • California Native Seed Strategy

Meet the Coordinator

Madeline Drake

Madeline Drake serves as the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) Assistant Secretary for Biodiversity and Habitat where she advises and coordinates with external stakeholders and CNRA departments, boards and conservancies to implement California’s biodiversity and conservation goals. In this role, Madeline is responsible for implementing the state’s “Pathways to 30x30” strategy to conserve 30% of the state’s lands and coastal waters by 2030. Throughout her career, she has held several positions in both the state and federal government coordinating with partners in efforts to preserve, manage, and restore critical ecosystems throughout California. Madeline received her Bachelor of Science in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina, and Master of Science in Animal Biology from the University of California, Davis.