Places We Protect

Coachella Valley


CA091215_D009 (INTERNAL RIGHTS/IN-HOUSE RIGHTS) Coachella Valley, CA. Sand dunes with tumbleweeds/desert shrub and a deep blue sky in the background. The preservation of the area was significant because it was the first time disparate players were invited to negotiate the fate of the land and animals. The "Coachella solution' pioneered an approach that became a hallmark of the Conservancy and is now used throughout the country. © Ian Shive © © Ian Shive

No one knew just how significant a 6-inch lizard would be to conservation in Coachella Valley.