Joshua Tree National Park is facing a number of complex and challenging issues that threaten the integrity of its natural ecosystems, cultural resources, and visitor experiences. To meet their stewardship responsibilities, park managers need to better understand the following science issues.
In addition to the use of science as a means to improve park management, parks can be centers for broad scientific research and inquiry. The National Park Service facilitates research in parks when it can be done without impairing other park values.
Last updated: March 3, 2015