Methods of Engagement
Joshua Tree National Park held a civic engagement period during Pre-NEPA activities for the climbing management plan. The park held a virtual public meeting, including a question and answer session, on April 20, 2021. The park has also held several smaller climbing stakeholder meetings and with tribes. Public comments were accepted from April 14 to June 13, 2021. The park hosts and maintains a climbing plan website and Planning, Environment & Public Comment (PEPC) web page. The park solicited comments with a series of leading questions posted to PEPC. Questions prompted the public to consider issues related to the purpose and need of the plan: social trails, potential impacts to sensitive cultural resources, climbing and fixed anchors in wilderness, fixed anchor replacement, visitor experience effects from fixed anchor presence, fixed anchor placement/replacement permitting criteria, and the option to comment on anything not otherwise specified.
Summary of Comments Received
The park received over 2,400 comments related to trails, fixed anchors, wilderness, and sensitive cultural and natural resources. Some themes include:
The National Park Service used comments from civic engagement to inform which issues will be carried forward for analysis in the environmental assessment and help shape a preliminary proposed plan and potential alternatives. Issues carried forward include:
Last updated: January 13, 2022