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    Joshua Tree

    National Park California

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March 30, 2015
Climbing Area Temporarily Closed for Nesting Raptors, Spring 2015
Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith has enacted a Temporary Emergency Closure to protect nearby nesting raptors. The climbing area affected by this closure is the “Towers of Uncertainty” area, approximately 2.5 miles (4 km) south of Geology Tour Road.

March 18, 2015
Volunteers Needed at Joshua Tree National Park
Park vegetation crew is seeking volunteers to help with the control of the invasive Sahara mustard plant.

March 03, 2015
National Park Service Seeks Public Input on Proposed Invasive Species Management Plan at Joshua Tree National Park
Public input is being sought regarding the National Park Service’s proposed Invasive Species Management Plan at Joshua Tree National Park, California.

February 26, 2015
Youth Conservation Corps Applications Now Available
This summer, Joshua Tree National Park will sponsor an 8-week, Youth Conservation Corps program. Youths between the ages of 15 and 18 are encouraged to apply. To be eligible, applicants may not reach their 19th birthday during the program. Selected applicants will start work on June 15, 2015 and continue in the program until August 6, 2015. Corps members will earn the hourly California Minimum Wage. Work hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 am until 3:30 pm, with every other Friday off.

February 06, 2015
Celebrate Presidents Day Weekend at Joshua Tree National Park
Free admission, warmer weather, longer days, and fewer crowds make this day a great time to visit a national park. To celebrate Presidents Day weekend, the parks are waiving entrance fees on Saturday, February 14 through Monday, February 16, 2015.

February 02, 2015
Joshua Tree National Park Search and Rescue (JOSAR) Has Openings for New Volunteer Members
JOSAR is recruiting new volunteer members. No prior training or experience is required. Joshua Tree National Park provides extensive training in land searching, tracking, incident management and high-angle rope rescue techniques. You may participate as a rescue member, field searcher or in a support capacity for team operations and logistics.

January 13, 2015
Joshua Tree National Park Will Offer A "Fee Free" Day to Commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms, CA – On Monday, January 19th 2015, Joshua Tree National Park will join the other 400 plus units of the National Park Service in commemorating Dr. King and his contribution to civil rights in the U.S., by waiving entrance fees to the park.

January 09, 2015
Joshua Tree National Park Sees Record Visitation in 2014
Nearly 1.6 million people visited Joshua Tree National Park in calendar year 2014, up from 1.4 million in 2013. That is good news for the park and also for the surrounding communities. National park tourism is a significant economic engine for local communities, returning $10 for every $1 invested.

December 30, 2014
Joshua Tree National Park Search and Rescue Teams Kept Busy Over Holiday Week
Joshua Tree Search and Rescue (JOSAR) responded to several incidents during the holiday season.

December 29, 2014
Winter Weather Advisory for Joshua Tree National Park
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch in effect for the park from Tuesday afternoon, December 30th, through Thursday morning, January 1st.

December 16, 2014
Temporary Visitor Center to Open at Park Headquarters
The visitor information desk and bookstore at Oasis Visitor Center in Twentynine Palms will be moved to a temporary building just south of the visitor center while the park completes a seismic retrofit project for the health and safety of visitors and staff. Visitor services will be unaffected and signs will provide directions to the temporary location. The move will take effect December 29.

November 12, 2014
Injured Climber Rescued in Joshua Tree National Park
On November 9, 2014, at approximately 11:30 A.M., Joshua Tree rangers were notified that a climber needed assistance. David Mazal of Bishop, CA, was climbing the Gem route of the Conan’s Corridor climb in the vicinity of Jumbo Rocks Campground. While belaying for another climber, Mazal fell approximately eight feet and slammed into a rock face, resulting in a dislocated hip.

November 04, 2014
Joshua Tree to Honor Veterans Day with a Fee Free Day
Enjoy Joshua Tree National Park and many other public lands at no charge on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. To honor all Americans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, there will be free entrance to the park for all visitors on that day.

October 23, 2014
Cottonwood Area Trails Open
The trails at Cottonwood Spring area are open after a temporary closure. This includes Cottonwood Spring, Lost Palms Oasis, and the Mastodon Mine Loop in the southern part of the park. The park is maintaining a limited closure of off-trail areas at Cottonwood Spring to allow for additional work.

October 20, 2014
Joshua Tree National Park Proposes Fee Increase
Joshua Tree National Park will hold a town hall meeting on November 6, 2014 to discuss possible fee increases in 2015. The current park entrance fees have been in place since 2006.

October 16, 2014
Black Rock Road to be Repaved
Joshua Tree National Park staff are excited to announce that the Yucca Valley Town Council has voted unanimously to repair the Black Rock Canyon Road. This road serves as the main entrance into the western portion of Joshua Tree National Park, leading directly to one of the busiest campgrounds and to Black Rock Nature Center.

October 07, 2014
Campgrounds Open at Joshua Tree National Park
All campgrounds at Joshua Tree National Park have reopened for the season. This includes Belle, Black Rock, Cottonwood, Hidden Valley, Indian Cove, Jumbo Rocks, Ryan, Sheep Pass, and White Tank campgrounds.

September 26, 2014
Joshua Tree National Park Welcomes Superintendent David Smith
Joshua Tree National Park employees gathered Wednesday morning, September 24, to welcome Superintendent David Smith, who assumed his new role on Monday. Smith spoke about his leadership priorities and fielded questions from park staff.

September 09, 2014
Volunteer at Joshua Tree National Park for National Public Lands Day
Volunteers are invited to Joshua Tree National Park to participate in the 21st annual National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 27, from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. National Public Lands Day is the largest single day of volunteerism each year on America’s public lands.

August 26, 2014
Joshua Tree National Park and Association Accepting Applications for Robert Lee Graduate Student Research Grants
Graduate students interested in doing research in Joshua Tree National Park are invited to apply for assistance through the 2014 Robert Lee Graduate Student Research Grants program. Applications for the grant are available now on the park’s website (http://www.nps.gov/jotr/naturescience/grantprogram.htm). Research proposals should focus on some aspect of the natural or cultural resources of Joshua Tree National Park. The application deadline is October 10, 2014.

August 22, 2014
Joshua Tree Celebrates 98th Birthday of the National Park Service
Joshua Tree National Park will celebrate the 98th birthday of the National Park Service by offering free admission on Monday, August 25, 2014.

July 25, 2014
Enjoy Ranger Programs During Summer Months at Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park announces ranger programs for the remainder of the summer and invites the public to attend. “There is something for everyone,” states Interim Superintendent Todd Suess. “We are offering evening campfire programs, hikes, talks on the patios, and a desert story time for children.”

July 23, 2014
Interim Superintendent Named at Joshua Tree National Park
Todd Suess, Deputy Superintendent at Olympic National Park since February 2010, has been appointed to the position of interim superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park following the retirement of Mark Butler on March 2, 2014, and the completion of the first interim assignment by Andrea Compton.

July 18, 2014
Tourism to Joshua Tree National Park creates $62,929,900 in Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,383,341 visitors to Joshua Tree National Park in 2013 spent $62,929,900 in communities near the park. That spending supported 770 jobs in the local area.

July 17, 2014
Selections Made for 2014-2015 Joshua Tree National Park Artist-in-Residence Program
Joshua Tree National Park and its partner, the Joshua Tree National Park Association, are pleased to announce the selections for the 2014-2015 Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program. Four visual artists and a multimedia artist were invited to participate in the program’s seventh year of providing a unique residential opportunity to artists from around the nation.

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