Visiting a national park this year offers you the opportunity to get directly involved with the National Park Service Centennial. At Joshua Tree National Park in California you can do that by taking part in the Centennial Hiking Challenge.
Joshua Tree National Park
A couple from Inglewood, California, and their friends visiting from Denmark pushed the annual visitation number at Joshua Tree National Park in California past the 2 million mark on Monday. That record number of visitors for the park is up from 1.6 million in 2014.
We recently returned to southern California’s Joshua Tree National Park for a third time. The previous visits took place a number of years ago and were rushed affairs when we were headed for other destinations. In each case we made a short stop at the park’s Oasis Visitor Center just outside the town of Twenty Nine Palms and drove south through the park to Interstate 10 without another stop of any consequence. Mostly, we were there to see the unusual trees (actually, they aren’t trees) that serve as the park’s namesake with little time for exploration. Unfortunately, we missed the largest concentration of trees and failed to appreciate much of what Joshua Tree National Park has to offer. That was our loss.
With what forecasts are predicting could be the strongest El Niño yet seen, officials at Joshua Tree National Park in California are cautioning visitors to be alert to the weather and problems it might create.
A baker's dozen of quilts will be exhibited at Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska as part of the celebration on the upcoming National Park Service Centennial.
With concerns that the Southwest's iconic Joshua trees will be pushed out of 90 percent of their current habitat by the century's end due to climate change, a group has petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to have the tree listed as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act.
In my career as a caretaker of America’s national parks – including years spent as the superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park – I have been honored with the duty to follow the fundamental principle of using sound science and balanced policies to guide decisions affecting these lands that are owned by all Americans.
Perhaps few people today remember Nancy Ayers, but I will never forget her. Certainly, on being informed of her death last winter, a flood of memories came rushing back. In her honor, I decided to reread Polly Welts Kaufman's National Parks and the Woman’s Voice. Although I recalled no woman in the book quite like Nancy, I owed it to her to reflect on our friendship. A book reminiscent of her qualities seemed the perfect touch.
More than 30,000 acres near Joshua Tree National Park in California that once were eyed for a landfill are being considered for addition to the national park.
What a revelation it was, when I learned a few years ago that an overcast day is better than a bright clear sunny one for shooting wildflower images. So if you are in a national park during wildflower season, rejoice if you get overcast weather and go looking for wildflowers!