Hearing at Joshua Tree to Explore Effects of Climate Change
Washington, D.C. – In an effort to better understand how the National Park Service (NPS) and the new Administration are preparing for the impacts of climate change on federal lands, the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, led by Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), will hold an oversight hearing at Joshua Tree National Park in California on "The Impact of Climate Change on America’s National Parks."
Of great concern to Joshua Tree National Park is the threat posed to its namesake species, the Joshua tree, by a warming climate. Other high profile park units have also been affected; damages include melting glaciers at Glacier National Park, dying forests at Rocky Mountain National Park, and flooding at Mount Rainier National Park.
Witnesses are expected to discuss current and anticipated impacts to resources in our National Parks as a result of climate change, and possible strategies for combating the effects of climate change on these lands.
The Subcommittee is conducting a series of hearings to explore the role of federal lands in combating and adapting to climate change; this field hearing is the second in the series and the first to focus on National Park Service lands and resources.
Did You Know?
With nearly 750 species of vascular plants, Joshua Tree is renowned for its plant diversity. No wonder that when the area was first proposed for preservation in the early 1930s, the name suggested was Desert Plants National Park. More...