It’s no secret that national monuments are an economic boon to their surrounding communities. A recent Headwaters Economics report found that the local economies surrounding 17 national monuments expanded following the designation of the protected public lands.

The Mojave Desert is fortunate to have not one, but three national monuments: Castle Mountains, Mojave Trails, and Sand to Snow. Local entrepreneurs in the desert have already seen the benefit of increased tourism to the national monuments. As eco-tourism and the outdoor recreation industry are on the rise, these community enterprises stand to benefit even more if these public lands retain the protections they deserve.

The Mojave Desert Land Trust has been interviewing business owners in desert about their experience with the designation of the Mojave Monuments. Watch these inspiring testimonials to learn why these local leaders defend our national monuments.

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