EXPERTS DISCUSS JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK INVASIVE PLANT SPECIES TOMORROW

The Mojave Chapter of the California Native Plants Society will host a discussion on non-native and invasive plant species in Joshua Tree National Park. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has the details… Joshua Tree National Park is home to over 750 species of vascular plants, of which 58 are non-native and many

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MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST BUYS 630 ACRE “JUNIPER CANYON” PROPERTY

Not even two months after the Mojave Desert Land Trust announced it was trying to raise the last $11,000 it needed to buy 630 acres bordering Joshua Tree National Park, the land trust announced Tuesday it has purchased the property it calls Juniper Canyon. The land trust said it’s been

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CHAOS AT OVER-CAPACITY JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Thousands of visitors have descended on Joshua Tree National Park this holiday season, breaking daily visitation records. On Thursday, cars were backed up for over a mile waiting to get in at the west entrance to the park in Joshua Tree, and some drivers were going off road to find

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73-YEAR-OLD HIKER RESCUED BY HELICOPTER IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

A 73-year-old hiker had to be rescued with a Sheriff’s helicopter after he fell in Joshua Tree National Park. According to a Sheriff’s press release, Peter Wallenstein, of Blacksburg, Virginia, was hiking Friday with his family near Ryan’s Ranch Trail when he fell about 1:30 p.m. and suffered several injuries.

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NATIONAL PARK AND MONUMENTS

Joshua Tree National Park and our three neighboring national monuments figured prominently in many of our top stories in 2017. Joshua Tree National Park officials announced in January that a record number of people visited Joshua Tree in 2016—2.5 million, and numbers are expected to be even higher in 2017.

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DEADLINE TO COMMENT ON NATIONAL PARK FEE INCREASES IS NEXT WEEK

The Trump administration is proposing to double, triple, or almost quadruple the price of admission during peak season to 17 of the most popular national parks. Starting in January 2018, a 7-day car pass in Joshua Tree National Park is proposed to increase to $70, from the current $25, between

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MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST BUYS PROPERTY NEXT TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

The Mojave Desert Land Trust has acquired a property bordering Joshua Tree National Park that could provide access to hiking and climbing opportunities inside the park. Managing editor Tami Roleff gets out her hiking boots…

The Mojave Desert Land Trust recently acquired a 20-acre property that borders Joshua Tree National

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MORONGO BASIN DEMOCRATS TO LEARN ABOUT DARK SKIES SATURDAY

Joshua Tree National Park was recently designated an International Dark Sky Park. Learn more about dark skies and the park during a presentation at the Morongo Basin Democratic club’s monthly meeting Saturday, December 9. The 10 a.m. meeting is preceded by an optional $10 buffet breakfast at 9 a.m. at

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CLIMBER RESCUED BY HELICOPTER IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SATURDAY

A rock climber who fell in Joshua Tree National Park Saturday was rescued by Sheriff’s deputies in a night-time helicopter hoist. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Angela Guo of San Diego was climbing in Ryan Canyon when she fell about 150 feet and was suspended in mid-air by a rope

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MISSING HIKER IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK WAS NOT LOST

Joshua Tree National Park Rangers and Search and Rescue volunteers spent two days searching for a missing 18-year-old Belgian hiker who, it turns out, wasn’t lost after all. According to Joshua Tree National Park spokeswoman Jennie Albrinck, Ullysee Gerken had been dropped off at the Boy Scout trail in Indian

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BELGIAN HIKER MISSING IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

UPDATE: 11:35 AM, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26.

HIKER LOCATED!!

Joshua Tree National Park spokesman said, “The missing hiker has been located. A misunderstanding concerning his return date was clarified and no further search is necessary.”

 

UPDATE: 10:12 am SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26

Belgian Hiker Still missing. Searchers are following up on

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GERMAN ARTIST TO LEAD ARTIST’S TEA IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SUNDAY

A German artist will lead this week’s artist tea at Cap Rock in Joshua Tree National Park. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the demonstration will combine the elements, binary code, and digital time…

German artist Johanna Wagner will host the artist’s tea in Joshua Tree National Park tomorrow. Wagner will

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PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ON NATIONAL PARK FEE HIKES ENDS THURSDAY

The Trump administration is proposing to double, triple, or almost quadruple the price of admission during peak season to 17 of the most popular national parks. Starting in January 2018, a 7-day car pass in Joshua Tree National Park will increase to $70, from the current $25, between January and

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NOMINATIONS NOW ACCEPTED FOR MINERVA HOYT AWARD

Nominations are now being accepted for the Minerva Hoyt California Desert Conservation Award. Any person, group, or organization that has made a notable achievement on behalf of California deserts, is eligible for the award. Applications are available from the Joshua Tree National Park Association website. Nominations must be received by

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MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST AWARENESS HIKE TOMORROW

The Mojave Desert Land Trust and Joshua Tree Excursions have organized a hike within the Joshua Tree National Park on Friday, November 17 to raise conservation awareness. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has information on the event and how you can join… The Land and Water Conservation Fund is the main federal

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SKY’S THE LIMIT AND JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TO HOST NIGHT SKY FESTIVAL

Sky’s the Limit and Joshua Tree National Park are co-sponsoring a night sky festival this weekend, Friday, November 10, through Sunday, November 12. The free events—which will include solar viewing and an astronomy fair by day, and night sky viewing and astronomy programs by night—run from 5 p.m. Friday, November

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RESEARCH GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ASSOCIATION

The Joshua Tree National Park and Association is currently accepting applications for the Robert Lee Graduate Student Research Grants. With more information on the program and how to apply, here’s reporter Andrew Dieleman… Graduate students interested in conducting research in Joshua Tree National Park are invited to apply for assistance

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PUBLIC MEETING HELD ON PROPOSED CHANGES IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Hosted by the National Park Conservation Association, members of the desert community met with Joshua Tree National Park Service representatives in a public meeting last night at the Joshua Tree Community Center. Reporter Andrew Dieleman was there to gather the details… Joshua Tree National Park representatives were ready to answer

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PUBLIC MEETING THURSDAY TO ADDRESS RAISE IN NATIONAL PARK FEES

The National Parks Conservation Association will hold a public meeting Thursday, November 2 on the Trump administration’s proposal to increase entrance fees to 17 national parks. Attendees will be able to discuss the fee increase and suggest avenues for public activism. Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith will present

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK FEES WILL INCREASE DRAMATICALLY

The cost of visiting Joshua Tree National Park is about to go up–a lot. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced Tuesday that entrance fees to Joshua Tree and 16 other National Parks will increase dramatically during the parks’ peak seasons. For the national park in our back yard,

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