About Amargosa Conservancy

The Amargosa Conservancy is based in Shoshone, California and works to make the Amargosa region a priority for government land managers, and partners with them to accomplish goals of common interest.

In addition, the Amargosa Conservancy seeks to:

  • Build support for the Amargosa Conservancy among local communities, political leaders at all levels,  and others who love the Amargosa
  • Control invasive species, gather data essential to understanding the Amargosa’s water resources, and partner with others to support economic sustainability consistent with conservation of the Amargosa
  • Protect key conservation properties through acquisition of easements or outright purchase

Often called the “Crown Jewel of the Mojave Desert,” the Amargosa is the only free-flowing river in the Death Valley region of the Mojave, providing a rare and lush riparian area in the desert. The river was designated Wild and Scenic in 2009, making it part of the National Conservation Lands and one of California’s eight Wild and Scenic Rivers.

From the blog

  • 02.5.15

    Adventuring in the Amargosa: Working to Protect a Stunning California Region

      On January 20, 2015 Patrick Donnelly, Executive Director of the Amargosa Conservancy and Sam Goldman, California Program Director, Conservation Lands Foundation climbed the Ring Peak outside of the village of Shoshone in the BLM’s Nopah Wilderness. Patrick wrote this post describing their sunrise ascent. Many areas of the region … read more

  • 06.20.12

    The Escalante River and Removing Invasive Russian Olive Trees

    The Conservation Lands Foundation wants to help inspire people to become advocates for the National Conservation Lands. And for many people, that first step is often doing something—something physical where you’re outside, on the land and often happily getting dirty. The many organizations that are part of the Escalante River … read more

  • 10.11.11

    One-minute success stories from the Friends Rendezvous

    One of our favorite moments at the recent Friends Rendezvous in Indian Wells, CA actually consisted of several moments—when individual people stood up and told stories about their organization’s recent conservation successes, in one minute or less. Some of them were funny, poignant, even raucous. All were inspiring. They were … read more

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