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.
Joshua Tree National Park
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!
If it looks like a tortoise and walks like a tortoise, it probably is a tortoise, and Joshua Tree National Park officials hope you'll take care and not run them over.
While most national parks are readying their campgrounds for summer crowds, at Joshua Tree National Park in California some campgrounds are closing for the high heat of summer.
Higher fees are coming to Joshua Tree National Park in California, from higher entrance fees to higher camping fees.
A new trail is being proposed at Joshua Tree National Park in California, one that would be less than a mile while providing additional educational and interpretive opportunities.
Nesting raptors have led to a temporary closure of some climbing routes in Joshua Tree National Park in California.
It took more than a year, but crews at Joshua Tree National Park, aided by professional conservators from the University of New Mexico, have largely "erased" graffiti scratched into the Barker Dam, a historic site inside the California park.