Park Planning

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to announce the availability of the Eagle Mountain Boundary Study Including Possible Withdrawal Environmental Assessment for public review. The National Park Service has completed this document in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management. The document reflects the comments and concerns shared with the study team during public scoping in Summer 2015. The NPS received over 11,000 comments during the scoping period.

Please join us for one of four public meetings to be held in April and May. At these meetings, the NPS study team will explain the study findings, answer your questions, and gather your comments about the alternatives evaluated in the environmental assessment, including the NPS preferred alternative. A separate public meeting will be scheduled in the future to specifically discuss the possible withdrawal and potential transfer of administrative jurisdiction of federal lands within the area from the Bureau of Land Management to the National Park Service. This meeting will be announced through a Federal Register notice and through notice to those on the mailing list for this study.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about and comment on this study. You may share your thoughts by mail, e-mail, online, or at one of the upcoming public meetings.

We look forward to hearing from you! Your participation is a key component of this process.

David Smith
Joshua Tree National Park


PEPC: Planning, Environment, & Public Comment
The National Park Service (NPS) prepares a variety of planning and environmental documents to help guide management of parks. The PEPC website provides for public involvement in the NPS planning process.

Listed below are Joshua Tree National Park's current plans or projects. Click on the project title for more information including project details, meeting notices, and project documents.

Eagle Mountain Boundary Study including Possible Pland Withdrawal Environmental Assessment
Joshua Tree National Park is pleased to announce the availability of the Eagle Mountain Boundary Study Including Possible Withdrawal Environmental Assessment (boundary study/EA) for public review.

Black Rock Campground Re-design
Public input is being sought regarding the proposed plan to conduct drainage and erosion control improvements, along with redesign of the road and campground layout at the Black Rock Campground.

Invasive Species Management Plan at Joshua Tree National Park
Public input is being sought regarding the proposed Invasive Species Management Plan for Joshua Tree National Park


Public Notice

Joshua Tree National Park, Riverside County (just south of San Bernardino County), California, Notice of Availability of the Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis Report for the Non-Time-Critical Interim Removal Action at Sunrise #3 Mill Site.

The National Park Service (NPS) invites you to review and comment on the Engineering Evaluation/ Cost Analysis (EE/CA) Report to evaluate and select a remedial action alternative for a non-time-critical interim remedial action at the Sunrise #3 Mill Site at the Joshua Tree National Park (JOTR) in Riverside County (just south of Bernardino County). The EE/CA was prepared under NPS authority derived from Section 104 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and is consistent with the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). Previous investigations of the Sunrise #3 Mill Site revealed heavy metals contamination in the samples of the mine waste, i.e., tailings piles, collected at the site. Analyses were conducted to evaluate exposure to the contamination identified and quantify potential risks from this exposure to human and ecological receptors at the site. The purpose of the EE/CA is to describe the removal action objectives (RAOs), describe and evaluate the available alternatives for the cleanup of the heavy metals in soil for the site receptors at risk, namely the ecological receptors. Remedial action alternatives considered in addressing the RAOs for ecological receptors include Alternative 1: No Action, Alternative 2: Institutional Controls, Alternative 3: On-Site Consolidation and Stabilization, and Alternative 4: Excavation and Off-Site Disposal.

The NPS welcomes written comments from the public on the proposed removal action described in the EE/CA Report. A final remedy selection will be made after the public comment period, taking into account any comments that are received. The public comment period is open from June 6, 2018 through July 6, 2018. The EE/CA Report is available at the following website address as well as at the Oasis Visitor Center, Joshua Tree Visitor Center and park headquarters at park library.

Comments on the Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis may be submitted electronically in writing to e-mail us

Last updated: June 7, 2018

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