Around The Parks: Holiday Events And Light Pollution Concerns At Joshua Tree

Holiday events, and concerns over light pollution from solar power projects, are among the news flowing from around the National Park System.

Star-Gazing Event At Joshua Tree National Park On November 23

Heads will be tilted back and eyes gazing overhead on November 23 at Joshua Tree National Park when the park, in partnership with Celestron Telescopes, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, American Park Network, and the Joshua Tree National Park Association, hosts an astronomy event.

Mojave Desert Land Trust Acquires 40 Acres Near Joshua Tree National Park

A 40-acre parcel of valuable wildlife habitat has been acquired near the northern boundary of Joshua Tree National Park by the Mojave Desert Land Trust.

Closure Of National Parks Costing Nation Roughly $76 Million A Day

How much is the closure of the National Park System costing the country in daily economic stimulus? According to figures calculated by Climate Progress, right around $76 million.

Joshua Tree National Park Still Struggling With Storm Cleanup

Crews at Joshua Tree National Park in California are continuing to cleanup flood debris from a storm early this month, but there's no timetable for when roads and trails closed by the mess will reopen to the public.

Proposed Project To Move Water From California Desert Raises Concerns For Nearby Parks

A plan to pump groundwater from beneath the desert and send it to thirsty cities in southern California has attracted a rather unusual group of opponents, including a Republican Congressman, a Democratic Senator, conservation groups, a mining company, a labor union and ranchers. Now the latest wrinkle in the debate involves a proposal for steam train excursion trips into the Mohave Desert.

Obama Administration Urged By NPCA To Close Loopholes That Prevent Clean Air Over Parks

Unless things change, it will take centuries for many national parks to have truly clean air, according to the National Parks Conservation Association, which wants the Obama administration to close loopholes that stand in the way of improving air quality.

Timpanogos Cave National Monument, Joshua Tree National Park Also Suffering From Flooding, Rockslides

Timpanogos National Monument in Uta and Joshua Tree National Park in California, like North Cascades National Park in Washington state, are dealing with flooding and rockslide problems.

Meteor Shower Party To Benefit Mojave Desert Land Trust

The annual Perseid Meteor showers are coming up next month, and the Mojave Desert Land Trust is throwing a party to watch the star show.

Pinto Basin Road Project Complete At Joshua Tree National Park

A much-needed rehabilitation of the Pinto Basin Road in Joshua Tree National Park has been completed, providing visitors with a safer road and improving drainage and turnouts.