Joshua trees in the desert with mountains in the background.
Joshua trees Avi Kwa Ame National Monument is one of the remaining unprotected, ecologically intact areas in the Mojave Desert. © Chip Carroon/TNC


The Nature Conservancy Applauds Designation of Avi Kwa Ame National Monument

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The designation of a national monument for Avi Kwa Ame protects a national historical and scientific treasure. In addition to honoring a traditional lifeway and sacred place for the Mojave, Chemehuevi and some Southern Paiute people, the Avi Kwa Ame area is one of the remaining unprotected, ecologically intact areas in the Mojave Desert. Protecting the landscape as a national monument ensures habitat connectivity between the Mojave Desert Preserve and the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, which spans across a transition zone between the Sonoran and Mojave deserts.

“The Nature Conservancy has worked for 30 years to protect habitat in the area of the proposed Avi Kwa Ame Monument,” said Mauricia Baca, Nevada state director for The Nature Conservancy. “It is an incredibly unique and special ecosystem. Despite the heat and aridity, there is an amazing abundance of unique life, species that are found nowhere else. Iconic wildlife like the threatened Mojave desert tortoise, bighorn sheep, kit fox, various migratory birds, lizards and snakes, numerous species of cacti and yuccas—they all work together in this hot, dry, impossible place to form an amazing network of life.”

We appreciate the tireless work of the Tribal Nations and Indigenous peoples to conserve Avi Kwa Ame for future generations. Thank you, President Biden, for designating this monument, and thank you to Rep. Titus, Rep. Lee, Sen. Cortez Masto and Sen. Rosen for your support.

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