Desert Candle       Caulanthus inflatus                                                                     Superior-Cronese Desert Wildlife Management Area

How It Started

In 2006, two grandmothers living in Pinon Hills, California spoke about the wonderful natural paradise they were riding and hiking through. Concerned that urban development would soon destroy that jewel, they decided to unite and preserve the unique pinyon-juniper and Joshua tree woodland open space. As a result of this, and the desire of the community to create parks and preserve open space, Transition Habitat Conservancy began. Since then, we have established project areas within San Bernardino and Los Angeles Counties, and have worked diligently to protect and improve habitat in the West Mojave.  

Protecting transition zones with elevational gradients, such as where the desert floor integrates with the mountain slope, may provide climate refugia opportunities for species of the desert.