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Desert Managers Group, Partnering for Public Lands



NPS, FWS, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), US Geological Survey (USGS), BIA, California
Team, Environmental Stewardship

A model cooperative effort, the interagency Desert Managers Group (DMG) coordinates desert conservation, visitor services, and public safety for eleven million acres of public land in southern California's deserts. Their accomplishments, too numerous to be listed here, include a Five Year Work Plan which is updated annually and projects including: restoring riparian habitats, cleanup of illegal dumps, aiding recovery of the endangered desert tortoise, managing the wild burro population, protecting cultural resources, coordinating scientific research, managing water resources, and sharing data needed for effective resource management and planning.

Created in September 2000, the DMG partners includes the DOI (BLM, NPS, FWS, and USGS, BIA), several State of California agencies, Department of Defense (Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps), the U.S. Forest Service, and local county governments. All DMG partners encourage stakeholder involvement and work cooperatively with local communities and organizations such as the Defenders of Wildlife, National Parks Conservation Association, the Nature Conservancy, Quad State County Coalition, United Four Wheel Drive Association, the Joshua Tree National Park Association, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. And, the organization is still growing as new group and land management agencies join in the DMG's activities.

Left to Right: Fran Mainella, Max Copenhagen, Russell Scofield, Larry Whalon, Doran Sanchez, Lynn Scarlett, Hector Villalobos, H. Dale Hall
Left to Right: Fran Mainella, Max Copenhagen, Russell Scofield,
Larry Whalon, Doran Sanchez, Lynn Scarlett, Hector Villalobos, H. Dale Hall

Left to Right: Gale Norton, Hector Villalobos, Russel Scofield, Doran Sanchez, Max Copenhagen, Lynn Scarlett
Left to Right: Gale Norton, Hector Villalobos,
Russel Scofield, Doran Sanchez, Max Copenhagen, Lynn Scarlett

Project Point of Contact

Russell Scofield
BLM, Yucca Valley, CA
Phone 760-365-0955
Email: Russell_scofield@partner.nps.gov

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