Joshua Tree National Park's 75th Anniversary Winding Down With Crossroads Conference

Might climate change impact the cholla trees at Joshua Tree National Park? Attend the Crossroads Conference to find out. Kurt Repanshek photo.

As the 75th anniversary celebration winds down at Joshua Tree National Park, the park will host its Crossroads Conference with talks on how climate change will impact the park and its resources.

The two-day conference will begin December 2 and be held in the auditorium at the University of California, Riverside, Palm Desert Graduate Center. On December 3, conference participants will take bus trips into the park for a half-day tour of Coachella Valley’s 794,000-acre neighbor to the north.

The Crossroads Conference is open to the public and will address current and future issues facing southern California’s largest national park as it completes its first 75 years and looks forward to the National Park Service Centennial in 2016 and the challenges and opportunities facing Joshua Tree in the 21st century.

Topics to be discussed include the potential effects of global climate change at the national park, climate change impacts on individual park species and native ecosystems, and developing climate change science, monitoring programs, and climate change adaptation strategies in the national parks.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the park into existence with a presidential proclamation in 1936. The entire year of 2011 has been a commemorative celebration complete with numerous cultural, scientific and outreach events designed to highlight interest and awareness in Joshua Tree National Park and the benefits it brings to Californians and the nation.

All Crossroads Conference presentations and field trips are free of charge. For more information call Joshua Tree’s 75th Anniversary Coordinator George Land at 760 367-5507 or email,