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Draft Environmental Assessment for Improvement of Visitor Facilities in the Cottonwood Area of Joshua Tree National Park

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Date: January 31, 2019
Contact: George Land, 760 367-5507
Contact: Jennifer Albrinck, 760 367-5520

Joshua Tree National Park managers are pleased to announce the availability of the Improvement of Visitor Facilities at the Cottonwood Area Draft Environmental Assessment Joshua Tree National Park, California for public review and comment. The purpose of the plan is to improve the park’s Cottonwood area visitor facilities near Highway 10 to accommodate growing visitation and crowding in the visitor access areas of the district. The visitor center area would be rehabilitated to address growing visitation and provide improved interpretation of the park’s unique ecosystem within a more sustainable, comfortable, and energy – efficient building. 

The participation of the community has been an important part of developing this plan. We now request your evaluation and comment on the proposed alternatives. The 30-day public comment period for review of this assessment has been extended due to the recent partial government shutdown and is open from February 4, 2019 to February 19, 2019. Interested parties may obtain an electronic version of the draft plan and/or submit electronic comments through the Planning, Environment and Public Comment website at

Comments also may be sent to:              
Joshua Tree National Park 
74485 National Park Drive 
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277-3597             

Commenters should be aware that their entire comments– including personal identifying information– may be made publicly available at any time. While commenters can ask that their personal identifying information be withheld from public review, the NPS cannot guarantee this will be possible. 

For further information please contact Kirk Diamond, Chief of Facilities Maintenance 703-367-5680, or You may also visit the park website at

Last updated: January 31, 2019

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