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FRIENDS OF THE DESERT MOUNTAINS' Fundraiser:

Disappearing Wild Places

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FRIENDS OF THE DESERT MOUNTAINS via Crowdrise
October 19, 2010

In a nutshell: Help us help the critters and the plants and the people!  See more

THE STORY:

Friends of the Desert Mountains has protected more than 37,000 acres to date, to preserve the Coachella Valley’s rich diversity of plants and wildlife, as well as the immeasurable contribution that wild and scenic open spaces make to our own quality of life.

Thanks to supporters like you, we're securing these disappearing wild places, including important wildlife corridors, that allow the movement and migrations that are critical to the survival of the Coachella Valley’s many animal species.

Preserving open space benefits people too, giving us a respite from the impacts of growth and sprawl. Drawn by the desert's beauty and climate, thousands of new residents move to the Coachella Valley each year, making it one of the fastest-growing areas in the nation. The more we grow, the more we need to make sure key pieces of our living desert remain — to protect our air and water quality, to ensure access to trails and open spaces, and to preserve unspoiled scenic views and recreation areas.

Thousands of species-critical acres are still vulnerable to private development. Working with biologists from the University of California and the Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy, Friends of the Desert Mountains has identified lands that are critical to the survival of the many endangered and threatened species that inhabit our beautiful valley.

With open spaces in such high demand, we must act quickly. With your help, the valley's legacy of spectacular desert and mountain landscapes, where people can connect with nature, will survive to sustain and inspire future generations. Please join us in our efforts to protect these key areas.

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