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The mission of the National Park Service (NPS) is to protect and preserve park lands for present and future generations. Funding and staffing levels have been reduced for the NPS in recent years, so volunteers play critical roles in park operations. Often visitor centers, restrooms, and/or campgrounds are not open or maintained without volunteer assistance. Volunteers also have opportunities to participate in staff training programs and work with staff on a variety of projects.
Mojave National Preserve is the third largest NPS site in the contiguous U.S., with 1.6 million acres of desert vistas as far as the eye can see, some of the highest sand dunes in North America, the world's largest concentration of Joshua trees, and great opportunities to get away from the rest of the world. The park is home to the threatened desert tortoise and the endangered tui chub, as well as other rare and unusual wildlife. It contains elements of three deserts: Chihuahuan, Sonoran, and Mojave, and the elevation ranges from 1000 to almost 8000 feet.
The park is located within a few hours drive of Las Vegas, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles, yet if you venture off the main roads by street legal 4WD vehicle (no ATVs or dirt bikes are permitted) or on foot, chances are you will not see another soul for hours. If you like periods of solitude, clear night skies, natural soundscapes, staying busy with lots of varied projects, and living where the nearest civilization is 30 - 65 miles away, our park is for you!
- Christina R Mills
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