JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK GETS AN “F” FOR AIR POLLUTION

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A report released yesterday (Tuesday) ranks Joshua Tree National Park as having some of the most polluted air of the country’s national parks. The National Parks Conservation Association graded 48 national parks on healthy air, visibility, and effects of climate change, and ranked Joshua Tree

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WOMAN DIES WHILE HIKING 49 PALMS OASIS TRAIL IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Updated July 29, 8:45 a.m.

A female hiker died of a heart attack while hiking 49 Palms Oasis Trail in Joshua Tree National Park yesterday. According to Twentynine Palms Fire Chief Jim Thompson, rescue personnel from Twentynine Palms Fire Department, the Park Service, and Joshua Tree Search and Rescue were

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK WORRIED ABOUT DISEASED BIGHORN SHEEP

Joshua Tree National Park rangers are concerned about the possibility that bighorn sheep in the park may have contracted a deadly disease. A couple months ago, a wildlife biologist observed two sheep–one an adult, and one a lamb–coughing. When a bighorn sheep coughs, it violently throws its head all the

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HOW TO COMMENT ON STUDY TO BRING EAGLE MOUNTAIN INTO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

The Eagle Mountain area, which is bordered by Joshua Tree National Park on the north, south, and west, has survived an attempt to turn it into a landfill, only to be face a new a proposal to convert it to a hydroelectric power plant. The area is an important migration

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK REOPENS PINTO BASIN ROAD

Joshua Tree National Park has reopened Pinto Basin Road after road crews worked for two days clearing mud, sand, rocks, and debris caused by heavy rainfall over the weekend. At this time, all paved roads are open in the park. Box Canyon Road from Mecca provides access to Cottonwood Springs

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ROAD CLOSURES

In Joshua Tree National Park, heavy rains resulting in washed out road conditions have closed the Pinto Basin Road from White Tank Campground to Cottonwood Springs. Park maintenance crews expect to have the roadway cleared by tomorrow. Box Canyon Road from Mecca is currently open and is the only way

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK EXAMINES ADDING EAGLE MOUNTAIN AREA

The Eagle Mountain area and Chuckwalla Valley in Riverside County comprise 32,000 acres, two-thirds of which is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. These areas are surrounded by Joshua Tree National Park on three sides, and were a part of Joshua Tree National Monument until 1950 when they were

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49 PALMS CANYON CLOSED TO ALL BUT THIRSTY BIGHORN SHEEP

The popular 49 Palms Canyon Hiking trail from Twentynine Palms into Joshua Tree National Park is closed to anything but thirsty Bighorn Sheep. Because of four years of drought, other water sources for bighorn sheep in that part of Joshua Tree National Park have dried up, leaving the 49

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXPO SEEKING ENTRIES

The third annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Expo is set for November this year. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says artists submissions are being sought…Entries are now being accepted for the third annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition, to be held in November at the Oasis of Mara

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SUMMER RAINS BRING OUT DESERT TORTOISES, HOW TO HELP

Summer rains mean that desert tortoises are on the move, searching for puddles from which to drink. Many tortoises will be traveling on roads, which makes them vulnerable to being hit by cars. Desert tortoises should only be moved in emergency situations. Officials at Joshua Tree National Park have produced

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK CLIMBING AREA REOPENED

The climbing area known as the “Towers of Uncertainty” has reopened in Joshua Tree National Park. The area, which is approximately 2.5 miles south of Geology Road, was closed March 30 in order to protect nesting raptors. A park spokesman said this was the third year that redtail hawks had

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EAGLE MOUNTAIN POWER PLANT A STEP CLOSER

The proposal to turn the former Eagle Mountain iron mine into a hydroelectric power plant is one step closer to reality. Eagle Crest Energy Company announced Wednesday, July 1 that it purchased the former mining site on the southeast border of Joshua Tree National Park from Kaiser Ventures, which developed

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ENTRIES SOUGHT FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXPOSITION

Entries are now being accepted for the third annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition, to be held in November at the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms. A panel of jurors will select about 50 artists for inclusion in the show. Entry is open to all artists 18 years

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FULL MOON HIKE IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SATURDAY NIGHT

Joshua Tree National Park will offer a full moon hike this Saturday night. With hot summer days, the full moon hike offers a chance to take advantage of the cooler evening hours with the brightness of the moon lighting the way. Hikers will be treated to an hour long, ranger-guided

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK NAMED IN TOP 10 MUSICAL ATTRACTIONS

Joshua Tree National Park has been voted one of the top musical attractions in the world. After four weeks of voting, readers of USA Today and 10 Best chose their top 10 favorites from a list of 20 musical attractions, and Joshua Tree National Park came in ninth place. The

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DROUGHT THREATENS VERY EXISTENCE OF JOSHUA TREES

If the Mojave desert continues to be in a drought along with the rest of California, the very existence of the iconic Joshua trees may be threatened. An ecologist with the University of California Riverside told the Los Angeles Times, “If warmer, drier conditions continue in the coming decades, scientific

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HIKER INJURED WHILE CLIMBING ROCKS IN INDIAN COVE

A hiker climbing on rocks in the Indian Cove campground about 11 a.m. Saturday suffered moderate injuries when he fell about 50 feet. According to Twentynine Palms Fire Engineer Lee Martin, the hiker was climbing a rock face without any protective gear when he lost his footing. Martin said the

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CALL FOR ART FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART SHOW

The Third Annual Joshua Tree National Park Art show will open in November this year. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the call for art is out…

Submissions are now being accepted for the third annual juried Joshua Tree National Park art show. The art exhibition will be held at the

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SUMMER CLOSURES START TODAY IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Summer is the slow season at Joshua Tree National Park, and several campgrounds in the park will close today (June 1). Ryan campground will close at the access road. Partial closures include the east side of Black Rock campground will close (the west side will remain open); the “B” loop

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FEES ARE GOING UP AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Many fees at Joshua Tree National Park will increase as of June 1, the park service has announced. Park officials said that while the public was generally in support of higher fees, the park received many public comments about increasing the fees in smaller increments than originally planned. In consideration

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