The desert around California's Death Valley is rich with Joshua trees, junipers and wildlife. But mining and other industrial development threaten this fragile environment, which is why many want to see Congress protect some special places as wilderness, national park and national monument, and set aside other areas for off-highway vehicle use.

Follow local guide Tom Budlong, a date farmer and a member of the Timbisha Shoshone Indian Tribe through the Mojave Desert in this episode of "This American Land," produced in partnership with The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Learn more at http://www.pewenvironment.org.