This is one thorny job.
Beginning October 15 and continuing through the end of December, a contractor will be working along the Pinto Basin Road in Joshua Tree National Park to salvage up to 800 cholla cactus plants prior to a road straightening project slated to begin in 2013.
Visitors will notice work along the Pinto Basin Road through the Cholla Cactus Garden area. The plants will be stored until they can be transplanted back into the Cholla Cactus Garden after the road project is complete. The park expects a 75 – 85 percent plant survival rate.
Pinto Basin Road is expected to remain open during this salvage work and only minor delays can be expected. Visitors are asked to use caution when traveling this curvy section of road.