For the 2020 calendar year, Code Enforcement organized and participated in 11 community clean up events throughout the County collecting a total of 120 tons of trash/bulky items, 80 tons of waste tires, and 8 tons of e-waste, according to their web page.
The recent community trash collection event that was held locally in Joshua Tree, on December 3, 2022, had over 30 participants, according to David Wert, the Public Information Officer at the SBC. The event collected just under a ton of trash and nearly 2.5 tons of tires. Future events for the 2023 calendar year are pending and will be posted on their Instagram and Facebook pages.
The Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT) uses its programs, volunteers, and grant funds to not only assist in keeping the desert clean, but also further its own mission to maintain the Mojave Desert’s wildlife, plant life, and overall ecological resiliency. MDLT was recognized at this year’s Joshuas for Outstanding Contribution to Our Ecology at the inaugural Joshuas Honors Gala. MDLT “stewards conservation lands to preserve habitats for native plants and animals, protect natural resources, and promote ecosystem resilience to climate change.”
MDLT’s Natural Resources Program Coordinator, Joelle Hazher, shared that their volunteers work to help restore any disturbed areas, improve trails, fences, and install signs and interpretive panels, clean up hazardous waste, monitor the desert tortoise, and control other invasive species. “We are additionally committed to ensuring the long-term health of the ecologically important landscapes,” shared Hazher. “With grant funding and other support, MDLT’s cleanup activities address illegal dumping, typically as part of a larger holistic project focused on stewardship and land management. Dumping kills vegetation, and all desert life depends on vegetation to thrive. MDLT is actively doing restoration of desert vegetation including collecting native seed and growing plants.”