The Conservancy continues to work in the desert areas of Riverside, San Bernardino, and Imperial Counties to purchase sensitive habitat acreages surrounding federal wilderness areas, National Preserves, and designated desert tortoise habitat. The majority of these land purchases are made through County delinquent tax sales. By purchasing land for the cost of delinquent taxes, RLC is able to preserve these lands at a cost of a fraction of their true value. These sites are eventually sold to Bureau of Land Management or National Parks for perpetual stewardship.
To date, over 1,937 acres of sensitive desert habitat lands have been preserved through this program.