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David Lanfrom of the National Parks Conservation Assn. gives a high-five to April Sall of the Wildlands Conservancy, while Ileene Anderson of the Center For Biological Diversity stands in the background next to Saratoga Springs near the southern boundary of Death Valley National Park. The three are among many conservationists and biologists working to preserve the desert.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

The Ibex Dunes in Death Valley National Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

With very little rain, the wildflowers haven't put on quite the show in the Mojave National Preserve as they do in some years, but this datura is blooming along Kelbaker Road.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Phragmites australis, or the common reed, surrounds the water at Saratoga Springs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A long-eared owl perches in a tamarisk tree near the Kelso Depot in the Mojave National Preserve.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Ileene Anderson, left, of the Center for Biological Diversity and April Sall of the Wildlands Conservancy stand next to the water at Saratoga Springs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

The graveyard has been restored in the tiny town off Route 66 in the Mojave Desert.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

An emaciated desert iguana was rescued by biologists after its burrow was crushed by visitors at Saratoga Springs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Local residents say a shoe tree on the outskirts of town was started by a couple having a fight. The dead tree, now festooned with hundreds of shoes, sandals and other bits of clothing, has turned into a Mojave Desert landmark.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

The leaning church steeple is a landmark in the desert.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Conservationists April Sall, Brian Brown, David Lanfrom and Susan Sorrels, from left, gather at the Crowbar Restaurant in Shoshone, near the southern gateway of Death Valley National Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Visitors walk through one of the gazebos at the Amboy Crater off Route 66 in the Mojave Desert.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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1 Comment

  1. April 5, 2012, 9:08 pm

    that's not the only dead tree coated in shoes, it's the 8th tree killed along the stretch of highway near Amboy. What an ugly side to humanity.

    By: woodrat

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